Establishing Connections to MapR Filesystem

The APIs for establishing connections to MapR Filesystem and returning filesystem handles are:

  • hadoop-2.x: hdfsConnect()
  • hadoop-2.x: hdfsConnectAsUser()
    Note: This API ignores the impersonation request and therefore is equivalent to hdfsConnect().
  • hadoop-2.x: hdfsConnectNewInstance()

The API hdfsConnectAsNewUserInstance() is not supported for connections to MapR Filesystem fileservers.

These APIs behave in the same way:

  • If “default” is specified for the host parameter, the APIs connect to the first cluster listed in the file MAPR_HOME/conf/mapr-clusters.conf. (MAPR_HOME defaults to /opt/mapr.)
  • If a hostname or IP address is specified for the host parameter:
    1. Look in MAPR_HOME/conf/mapr-clusters.conf on the client node to match the specified hostname or IP address to a CLDB host and port.
    2. If they find a match, they try to connect to the cluster and all standard features for connections to MapR clusters are available. These features include high availability across CLDBs and secure connections.
    3. If they do not find a match or if they cannot locate a mapr-clusters.conf file, they try to connect to the CLDB host specified in the call to create the connection. However, the standard features for connections to MapR clusters are not available. For example, if the cluster is secured, the connection will fail.

It is possible to have more than one open connection at a time. For each connection, simply return the filesystem handle to a different instance of hdfsFS, as in this example:

    //Connect to Cluster 1 (picked up from /opt/mapr/conf/mapr-clusters.conf)
        hdfsFS fs1 = hdfsConnectNewInstance("default", 7222);
    //Connect to Cluster 2
        hdfsFS fs2 = hdfsConnectNewInstance("n1c", 7222);
    //Connect to Cluster 3
        hdfsFS fs3 = hdfsConnectNewInstance("n1d", 7222);

You can then obtain file handles for files in each connected cluster, as in this example. For each cluster, this example code calls hdfsOpenFile(), passing in the handle to the filesystem, the absolute path to a file (and the file is created before being opened, if it doesn’t already exist) and a file-access flag that specifies to open the file in write-only mode. This mode truncates existing files to offset 0, deleting their content.

Ignore the last three parameters for this example. hdfsOpenFile() returns a handle to the file or an error message, if the open operation fails.

     //Create files for write operations on all clusters
        const char* writePath = "/tmp/write-file1.txt";
        hdfsFile writeFile1 = hdfsOpenFile(fs1, writePath, O_WRONLY, 0, 0, 0);
        if (!writeFile1) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Failed to open %s for writing on Cluster 1!\n", writePath);
        hdfsFile writeFile2 = hdfsOpenFile(fs2, writePath, O_WRONLY, 0, 0, 0);
        if (!writeFile2) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Failed to open %s for writing on Cluster 2!\n", writePath);
         hdfsFile writeFile3 = hdfsOpenFile(fs3, writePath, O_WRONLY, 0, 0, 0);
     if (!writeFile3) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Failed to open %s for writing on Cluster 3!\n", writePath);
         fprintf(stderr, "Opened %s for writing successfully on all 3 clusters...\n", writePath);

After working with the files, close them and disconnect from the filesystems, as in this example:

// Close all files     
if (writeFile1)
        hdfsCloseFile(fs1, writeFile1);
if (writeFile2)
        hdfsCloseFile(fs2, writeFile2);
if (writeFile3)
        hdfsCloseFile(fs3, writeFile3);
// Disconnect from all clusters