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From Abhishek Pratap Singh <>
Subject Zero Byte file in HDFS
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:20:18 GMT
Hi All,

I was just going through the implementation scenario of avoiding or
deleting Zero byte file in HDFS. I m using Hive partition table where the
data in partition come from INSERT OVERWRITE command using the SELECT from
few other tables.
Sometimes 0 Byte files are being generated in those partitions and during
the course of time the amount of these files in the HDFS will increase
enormously, decreasing the performance of hadoop job on that table /
folder. I m looking for best way to avoid generation or deleting the zero
byte file.

I can think of few ways to implement this

1) Programmatically using the Filesystem object and cleaning the zero byte
2) Using Hadoop fs and Linux command combination to identify the zero byte
file and delete it.
3) LazyOutputFormat (Applicable in Hadoop based custom jobs).

Kindly guide on efficient ways to achieve the same.


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