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From "Matthias Friedrich (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CRUNCH-128) Allow one stage of an MR pipeline to depend on another target being created
Date Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:28:15 GMT


Matthias Friedrich commented on CRUNCH-128:

At bit of reasoning so that my opinion doesn't sound too arbitrary (it's still a matter of
taste to some degree): I'm always reluctant to add new responsibilities to a class or interface
because that increases complexity, both for users and in the implementation. In this case,
we don't add new responsibilities, we just improve something that already exists. The number
of methods on a class alone doesn't increase complexity (see our rather large static factories),
so it's not my primary concern; the number of responsibilities is a better metric. I hope
that makes sense :-)

As for the ParallelDoOperation class: How about adding renaming it to ParallelDoOptions and
having method signatures like this: parallelDo(String, DoFn, PType, ParallelDoOption)? This
would make it clear that it's the most general parallelDo and it could soak up additional
options so we don't need any new parallelDo() methods in the future.
> Allow one stage of an MR pipeline to depend on another target being created
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CRUNCH-128
>                 URL:
>             Project: Crunch
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Josh Wills
>         Attachments:, CRUNCH-128.patch, CRUNCH-128v2.patch, CRUNCH-128-with-op.patch
> There are a couple of problems (e.g., mapside-joins, total orderings, etc.) where we
need to guarantee that one PCollection has been written to the FileSystem before another MapReduce
pipeline that depends on that file is allowed to run. This doesn't fit cleanly into the current
set of abstractions for Crunch, which is why we force pipelines to execute via the run command
to guarantee that the files have been created before the second stage is run.
> We should add the ability for a particular PCollection to require that a SourceTarget
instance has been created before it can be executed, and the planner should incorporate this
information into the MR pipeline planning process.

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