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From "Jonathan Hsieh (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-5604) HLog replay tool that generates HFiles for use by LoadIncrementalHFiles.
Date Thu, 22 Mar 2012 07:32:22 GMT

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Jonathan Hsieh commented on HBASE-5604:

What is the use case for filtering the HLogs?  Would you want to do a "partial" recovery?

I've encountered a situation where an entire large cluster went out and every RS's WAL needed
to do log splitting.  The nn went down under hbase.  Since this was before distributed log
splitting it took an overnight to restore.  Distributed log splitting would have really helped
here (roughly divide by 100) but its not clear if there was enough data to make the bulk load
overcome the extra writes required with a MR job.

I'd guess that distributed log splitting is probably faster -- with an MR job you'd potentially
need to materialize after map, do a shuffle (needed?), and materialize again after reduce
before bulk loading (which may split the generated hfiles) (multiple writes per put/delete).
 Distributed log splitting, assuming there is no WAL writes on replay may not incur disk cost
except for regular memstore flushes (which means single write per put/delete).  
> HLog replay tool that generates HFiles for use by LoadIncrementalHFiles.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-5604
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-5604
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Lars Hofhansl
> Just an idea I had. Might be useful for restore of a backup using the HLogs.
> This could an M/R (with a mapper per HLog file).
> The tool would get a timerange and a (set of) table(s). We'd pick the right HLogs based
on time before the M/R job is started and then have a mapper per HLog file.
> The mapper would then go through the HLog, filter all WALEdits that didn't fit into the
time range or are not any of the tables and then uses HFileOutputFormat to generate HFiles.
> Would need to indicate the splits we want, probably from a live table.

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