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Xiao Chen commented on HDFS-8986:
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Thanks [~jingzhao] for the great comment! I created HDFS-10875 and attached a 
patch there.

> Add option to -du to calculate directory space usage excluding snapshots
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>
>                 Key: HDFS-8986
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-8986
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: snapshots
>            Reporter: Gautam Gopalakrishnan
>            Assignee: Xiao Chen
>             Fix For: 2.8.0, 3.0.0-alpha1
>
>         Attachments: HDFS-8986.01.patch, HDFS-8986.02.patch, 
> HDFS-8986.03.patch, HDFS-8986.04.patch, HDFS-8986.05.patch, 
> HDFS-8986.06.patch, HDFS-8986.07.patch, HDFS-8986.branch-2.patch
>
>
> When running {{hadoop fs -du}} on a snapshotted directory (or one of its 
> children), the report includes space consumed by blocks that are only present 
> in the snapshots. This is confusing for end users.
> {noformat}
> $  hadoop fs -du -h -s /tmp/parent /tmp/parent/*
> 799.7 M  2.3 G  /tmp/parent
> 799.7 M  2.3 G  /tmp/parent/sub1
> $ hdfs dfs -createSnapshot /tmp/parent snap1
> Created snapshot /tmp/parent/.snapshot/snap1
> $ hadoop fs -rm -skipTrash /tmp/parent/sub1/*
> ...
> $ hadoop fs -du -h -s /tmp/parent /tmp/parent/*
> 799.7 M  2.3 G  /tmp/parent
> 799.7 M  2.3 G  /tmp/parent/sub1
> $ hdfs dfs -deleteSnapshot /tmp/parent snap1
> $ hadoop fs -du -h -s /tmp/parent /tmp/parent/*
> 0  0  /tmp/parent
> 0  0  /tmp/parent/sub1
> {noformat}
> It would be helpful if we had a flag, say -X, to exclude any snapshot related 
> disk usage in the output



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