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WebHDFS Create File redirect
I'm writing some test code to try out the WebHDFS REST API for potentially adding functionality to a program. If I want to create and write to a file using the API, I would send the initial create request and I would get back a location of a datanode as the documentation says I should. The location I'm getting back however is a name and not an IP. Now if had this name registered in my DNS server or put in an entry in my hosts file then I can successfully make the 2nd create call using that name and I would have just created a file.  Is there any reason why it doesn't respond with an IP address? Is this something that it could be configured to do? In a fully-distributed Hadoop setup this would seem like a big pain to register and maintain all the datanode names and their IPs for machines across the internet just so I can resolve a name.