Consider an example: a local file "/data/a.txt" need to be copied into swift://container.service/data/a.txt
The way distcp works is that first it will upload "/data/a.txt" into swift://container.mil01/data/.distcp.tmp.attempt_local2036034928_0001_m_000000_0
Upon completion distcp will move swift://container.mil01/data/.distcp.tmp.attempt_local2036034928_0001_m_000000_0 into swift://container.mil01/data/a.txt
The temporary file naming convention assumes that each map task will sequentially create objects as swift://container.mil01/.distcp.tmp.attempt_ID
and then rename them to the final names. Most of Hadoop eco system components use object.name which is part of the temporary name, however distcp doesn't use such approach.
This JIRA propose to add a configuration key indicating that temporary objects will also include object name as part of their temporary file name,
"/data/a.txt" will be uploaded into
"a.txt.distcp.tmp.attempt_local2036034928_0001_m_000000_0" doesn't affects flows in the access drivers, since "a.txt" is not considered as a sub-directory so no special operations will be taken.
The benefits of the patch :
1. Temp object names will be better distributed in object stores, since they all has different prefix.
2. Sometimes it's not possible to debug what data is copied and what failed. Sometimes temp files are not renamed, it will be much better if expecting temp name - one can figure what object names were copied.
3. Different systems may expect "a.txt.distcp.tmp.attempt_local2036034928_0001_m_000000_0" and extract value prior "distcp.tmp" thus getting destination object name.