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From "Bruno Dumon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (WHIRR-338) byon cluster with hostnames defined in /etc/hosts
Date Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:08:02 GMT
byon cluster with hostnames defined in /etc/hosts

                 Key: WHIRR-338
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/WHIRR-338
             Project: Whirr
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: core
            Reporter: Bruno Dumon
         Attachments: WHIRR-338.patch

Basically the subject combined with the single-line patch should make it clear, what follows
is the long story.

I am unable to get HBase to work when using BYON nodes due to the following error:

2011-07-14 14:46:07,837 FATAL org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.HMaster: Unhandled exception.
Starting shutdown.
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Wrong FS: hdfs://, expected: hdfs://ubuntutest2
        at org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileSystem.checkPath(FileSystem.java:410)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.DistributedFileSystem.checkPath(DistributedFileSystem.java:106)

The situation is I'm using two VirtualBox instances whose hostnames I defined manually through

In the byon yaml file, I specify the host by IP address:

    - id: ubuntutest2

When specifying the hostname instead, I get an error when starting Whirr:

invalid IP address: ubuntutest2

This message is produced in the constructor of Cluster.Instance, earlier Whirr got the address
by calling NodeMetadata.getPublicAddresses(), so jclouds returns there a hostname rather than
an address (which might be considered a bug in jclouds, but even if it returned an ip address,
the problem described next stays true).

Back to the case where I specify the IP address in the byon yaml:

The address in the hdfs URL is determined in HBaseMasterClusterActionHandler and comes down


which is determined by xbill/dnsjava (see DnsUtil), which does not make use of /etc/hosts.

As fix (see attached patch), I propose to fall back to Java's getCanonicalHostName() in case
dnsjava did not return any results.

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