[Zebra] Zebra does not support concurrent deletions of column groups now.

                 Key: PIG-1057
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-1057
             Project: Pig
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 0.4.0
            Reporter: Chao Wang
            Assignee: Chao Wang
             Fix For: 0.6.0

Zebra does not support concurrent deletions of column groups now.  As a result, 
the TestDropColumnGroup testcase can sometimes fail due to this.
In this testcase, multiple threads will be launched together, with each one 
deleting one particular column group.  The following exception can be thrown 
(with callstack):

java.io.FileNotFoundException: File 
/.../pig-trunk/build/contrib/zebra/test/data/DropCGTest/CG02 does not exist.
  at org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileSystem.listStatus(FileSystem.java:716)
  at org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileSystem.listStatus(FileSystem.java:741)
  at org.apache.hadoop.zebra.io.BasicTable.dropColumnGroup(BasicTable.java:133)

We plan to fix this in Zebra to support concurrent deletions of column groups. 
The root cause is that a thread or process reads in some stale file system 
information (e.g., it sees /CG0 first) and then can fail later on (it tries to 
access /CG0, however /CG0 may be deleted by another thread or process).  
Therefore, we plan to adopt a retry logic to resolve this issue. More detailed, 
we allow a dropping column group thread to retry n times when doing its 
deleting job - n is the total number of column groups. 

Note that here we do NOT try to resolve the more general concurrent column 
group deletions + reads issue. If a process is reading some data that could be 
deleted by another process, it can fail as we expect.
Here we only try to resolve the concurrent column group deletions issue. If you 
have multiple threads or processes to delete column groups, they should succeed.

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