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Chris Douglas reopened HADOOP-4010:
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Chaging LineRecordReader algo so that it does not need to skip backwards in the stream
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Key: HADOOP-4010
URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-4010
Project: Hadoop Common
Issue Type: Improvement
Affects Versions: 0.19.0
Reporter: Abdul Qadeer
Assignee: Abdul Qadeer
Fix For: 0.21.0

Attachments: 4010-mapreduce.patch, Hadoop-4010.patch, Hadoop-4010_version2.patch, Hadoop-4010_version3.patch


The current algorithm of the LineRecordReader needs to move backwards in the stream (in its constructor) to correctly position itself in the stream. So it moves back one byte from the start of its split and try to read a record (i.e. a line) and throws that away. This is so because it is sure that, this line would be taken care of by some other mapper. This algorithm is difficult and in-efficient if used for compressed stream where data is coming to the LineRecordReader via some codecs. (Although in the current implementation, Hadoop does not split a compressed file and only makes one split from the start to the end of the file and so only one mapper handles it. We are currently working on BZip2 codecs where splitting is possible to work with Hadoop. So this proposed change will make it possible to uniformly handle plain as well as compressed stream.)
In the new algorithm, each mapper always skips its first line because it is sure that, that line would have been read by some other mapper. So now each mapper must finish its reading at a record boundary which is always beyond its upper split limit. Due to this change, LineRecordReader does not need to move backwards in the stream.
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