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Anu Engineer commented on HDFS-7878:
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[~chris.douglas] +1 on {{BikeShed}} :)

> API - expose an unique file identifier
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>
>                 Key: HDFS-7878
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-7878
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Sergey Shelukhin
>            Assignee: Sergey Shelukhin
>              Labels: BB2015-05-TBR
>         Attachments: HDFS-7878.01.patch, HDFS-7878.02.patch, 
> HDFS-7878.03.patch, HDFS-7878.04.patch, HDFS-7878.05.patch, 
> HDFS-7878.06.patch, HDFS-7878.patch
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> See HDFS-487.
> Even though that is resolved as duplicate, the ID is actually not exposed by 
> the JIRA it supposedly duplicates.
> INode ID for the file should be easy to expose; alternatively ID could be 
> derived from block IDs, to account for appends...
> This is useful e.g. for cache key by file, to make sure cache stays correct 
> when file is overwritten.



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