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Re: Block size in HDFS
On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 8:42 AM, Pedro Costa <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> But, how can I say that a 1KB file will only use 1KB of disc space, if
> a block is configured has 64MB? In my view, if a 1KB use a block of
> 64MB, the file will occupy 64MB in the disc.

A block of HDFS is the unit of distribution and replication, not the
unit of storage.  HDFS uses the underlying file systems for physical

-- Philip

> How can you disassociate a  64MB data block from HDFS of a disk block?
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 5:01 PM, Marcos Ortiz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> On 06/10/2011 10:35 AM, Pedro Costa wrote:
>> Hi,
>> If I define HDFS to use blocks of 64 MB, and I store in HDFS a 1KB
>> file, this file will ocupy 64MB in the HDFS?
>> Thanks,
>> HDFS is not very efficient storing small files, because each file is stored
>> in a block (of 64 MB in your case), and the block metadata
>> is held in memory by the NN. But you should know that this 1KB file only
>> will use 1KB of disc space.
>> For small files, you can use Hadoop archives.
>> Regards
>> --
>> Marcos Luís Ortíz Valmaseda
>>  Software Engineer (UCI)
>>  http://marcosluis2186.posterous.com
>>  http://twitter.com/marcosluis2186