I'm a bit leery due to recent edit log corruptions. Replaying the edit based on inode instead of path isn't replaying the edit as originally issued which may mask edit bugs.
I hope I'm not misinterpreting what you're asking here, but the RPC "originally issued" by the DFSClient contains an inode ID, which we use in preference to the path if it's present.
You guys already know this, but just to be 100% clear, the problem with closing a file by the path is that it doesn't work in the presence of renames. The old way of working around this problem was for the DFSClient to maintain a map of open files, and whenever it did a rename, it would modify that map. Of course, this fails horribly if some _other_ client renamed the file or ancestor.
So the new way of doing things (introduced in
HDFS-6294) is to basically ignore that path provided in the completeFile RPC (we would have removed it from the RPC, but we didn't want to break wire compatibility). I think we use that path in log messages in some cases (like if the inode isn't found), but that's about it. For everything important, we use the inode ID since that always works, even in the presence of renames. The paths we use come from that inode ID, not from the path in the completeFile RPC, which we assume is a lie.
So in some sense, translating that inode ID provided in completeFile back to a path for the edit log is an extra step.
Other than the inconsistency with other edit ops, is this going to break compatibility for the edits viewer?
So, the compatibility guarantee with edit logs is that a new client can read old edits, but not vice versa. There is nothing like PB's "optional" fields in the current edit log format... any new stuff whatsoever causes a hard failure in old clients. This is enforced by code bailing out if the edit log version is newer than what it knows it can support. It won't even try.
This isn't really a problem because anyone using oev is an expert doing some kind of advanced debugging. And the error message is pretty clear... get yourself a version of oev that matches the edit log before you attempt the debugging.
We could handle this JIRA by looking at the edit log version number (provided in all edit logs), and either looking for a string or an inode in OP_CLOSE depending on that version. Alternately, we could create a new edit log op for close-with-inode-id. I kind of like the "version number" strategy... that's what the version number is for, after all, and we have too many legacy edit types anyway...
I'll look at HDFS-6757 but could you elaborate on what impact this has on performance (other than re-building the path?) and what cleanup it blocks?
Putting full paths into the edit log is kind of unfortunate, since they may be very long (especially if people have long pathnames). An inode ID is much smaller.
The biggest reason why I think this is a good change isn't performance at all, though, but correctness and simplicity. If you have to repair a damaged edit log, and you miss a rename, you'll be a lot happier if the subsequent close operations are done by inode ID than if they're done by path. Our inode IDs are globally unique, which makes things nice and simple.
On the other hand, handling paths can get hairy really fast. We have places in FSNamesystem comparing paths with String#equals, and relying on the fact that all paths are properly canonicalized. That's brittle. And of course, any time you're dealing with paths, you're also dealing with namesystem lookups, which will generate garbage and burn CPU.