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Task Side Effect files and copying(getWorkOutputPath)
Saptarshi Guha 2009-03-16, 15:59
I would like to produce side effect files which will be later copied
to the outputfolder.
I am using FileOuputFormat, and in the Map's close() method i copy
files (from the local tmp/ folder) to

void close() .... {
    if (shouldcopy) {
ArrayList<Path> lop = new ArrayList<Path>();
for(String ff :  tempdir.list()){
   lop.add(new Path(temppfx+ff));
dstFS.moveFromLocalFile(lop.toArray(new Path[]{}), dstPath);

However, this throws an error java.io.IOException:
specified destination directory doest not exist

I though this is the right to place to drop side effect files. Prior
to this I was copying o the output folder, but many were not copied,
or in fact all were, but during the reduce output stage many were
deleted - am not sure(I used NullOutputFormat and all the files were
present in the output folder)  So i resorted to getWorkOutputPath
which threw the above exception.

So if I'm using FileOutputFormat, and my maps and/or reduces produce
side effects files on the localFS
1)when should I copy them to the DFS (e.g the close method? or one at
a time in the map/reduce method)
2) Where should i copy them to.

I am using Hadoop 0.19 and have set jobConf.setNumTasksToExecutePerJvm(-1);
Also, each side effect file produced has a unique name, i.e there is
no overwriting.

Thank you
Saptarshi Guha