Affects Version/s: 0.21.0
Fix Version/s: 0.21.0
Ubuntu 8.04, at home, no reverse DNS
This is the third Java project I've been involved in that doesnt work on my home network, due to implementation issues with java.net.InetAddress.getLocalHost(), issues that only show up on an unamanged network. Fortunately my home network exists to find these problems early.
In hadoop, if the local hostname doesnt resolve, the datanode does not start up:
Caused by: java.net.UnknownHostException: k2: k2
While this is a valid option in a production (non-virtual) cluster, if you are playing with VMWare/Xen private networks or on a home network, you can't rely on DNS.
1. In these situations, its usually better to fall back to using "localhost" or 127.0.0.1 as a hostname if Java can't work it out for itself,
2. Its often good to cache this if used in lots of parts of the system, otherwise the 30s timeouts can cause problems of their own.