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From "Aaron McCurry (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (BLUR-234) Create a softlink like capability in the HDFSDirectory
Date Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:01:52 GMT
Aaron McCurry created BLUR-234:

             Summary: Create a softlink like capability in the HDFSDirectory
                 Key: BLUR-234
             Project: Apache Blur
          Issue Type: Sub-task
          Components: Blur
    Affects Versions: 0.3.0
            Reporter: Aaron McCurry
             Fix For: 0.3.0

The problem we are trying to solve here is minimizing file copying.  During a merge of an
external index produced by MR into a shard index normally the index files are copied.  In
a lot of cases the new external index(es) are very large.  This can cause some serious performance
problems because all the new data would be copied into shard index.  Normally this can happens
across the cluster at the same time so it will likely turn into an IO storm.

The current implementation in the IndexImporter that deals with this problem does so by overriding
method in the HDFSDirectory that moves the files in HDFS instead of copying.  This makes those
merges very fast, but it's risky because if the shard index writer doesn't commit the changes
the files are not moved back to their original location.  Instead they are deleted, loss of

So I'm preposing that we create a softlink system that allows for links to the be created
instead of being moved.  That way if the commit fails the links are removed and the original
data files are in the their original location.

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