While I was copying files to hdfs, the hadoop fs client started to
report errors. Digging into the datanode logs revealed  that I had
run out of space on one of my datanodes. The namenode (running on the
same machine as the failed datanode) died with a fatal error  when
this happened and the logs seem to indicate some kind of corruption. I
am unable to start up my namenode now due to the current state of hdfs
I stumbled upon HDFS-1378 which implies that manual editing of edit
logs must be done to recover from this. How would one go about doing
this? Are there any other options? Is this expected to happen when a
datanode runs out of space during a copy? I'm not against wiping clean
the data directories of each datanode and reformatting the namenode,
One other part of this scenario that I can't explain is why data was
being written to this node in the first place. This machine was not
listed in the slaves file yet it was still being treated as a
datanode. I realize now that the datanode daemon should not have been
started on this machine but I would imagine that it would be ignored
by the client if it was not in the configuration.
I'm running CDH3b2.
 datanode log when space ran out:
2010-10-06 10:30:22,995 INFO
org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.server.datanode.DataNode: Receiving block
blk_-5413202144274811562_223793 src: /126.96.36.199:34712 dest:
2010-10-06 10:30:23,599 WARN
java.io.IOException: No space left on device
at java.io.FileOutputStream.writeBytes(Native Method)
2010-10-06 10:30:23,617 INFO
org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.server.datanode.DataNode: Exception in
receiveBlock for block blk_-5413202144274811562_223793
org.apache.hadoop.util.DiskChecker$DiskOutOfSpaceException: No space
left on device
 namenode log after space ran out:
2010-10-06 10:31:03,675 ERROR
org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.server.namenode.FSNamesystem: Unable to sync
edit log. Fatal Error.
2010-10-06 10:31:03,675 FATAL
org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.server.namenode.FSNamesystem: Fatal Error : All
storage directories are inaccessible.
 namenode log error during startup:
2010-10-06 10:46:35,889 ERROR
java.io.IOException: Incorrect data format. logVersion is -18 but
writables.length is 0.