Validate HFile

Before upgrading to CDP Private Cloud Base, ensure that your HFiles are compatible with the version Apache HBase in CDP.

If your cluster is Kerberized, ensure that you run the kinit command as a hbase user before running the pre-upgrade commands.

After converting all the PREFIX_TREE encoded HFiles to a supported format, there may be HFiles that are not compatible with HBase in CDP. Run the validate-hfile command again on the cluster that has the HDP intermediate bits. Also check for bad state of HFiles using the hbck command.

Use the following pre-upgrade commands to validate HFiles:
  • hbase pre-upgrade validate-hfile
  • hbase hbck

The validate-hfile tool lists all the corrupt HFiles with details. The hbck

Use the CDP parcel to run the pre-upgrade commands. Cloudera recommends that you run them on an HMaster host.

  1. Run the hbase pre-upgrade validate-hfile command on the cluster that has the HDP intermediate bits.

    This command checks every HFile (including snapshots) to ensure that the HFiles are not corrupted and have the compatible block encoding. It opens every HFile, and this operation can take a long time based on the size and number of HFiles in your cluster.

    For example, if you are using the HDP intermediate bits, you must run the following command:
    /usr/hdp/ pre-upgrade validate-hfile
    If there are no incompatible HFiles, the following message is displayed:
    Checked 3 HFiles, none of them are corrupted.
       There are no incompatible HFiles.
    If you have an incompatible HFile, a similar error message to this is displayed:
    2018-06-05 16:20:47,322 INFO  [main] tool.HFileContentValidator: Corrupted file: hdfs://
    2018-06-05 16:20:47,383 INFO  [main] tool.HFileContentValidator: Corrupted file: hdfs://

    If you get an error message, continue with Step 2 otherwise skip to Step 5.

  2. Identify what kind of HFiles were reported in the error message.
    The report can contain two different kinds of HFiles, they differ in their path:
    • If an HFile is in /hbase/data then it belongs to a table.
    • If an HFile is located under /hbase/archive/data then it belongs to a snapshot.
  3. Fix the HFiles that belong to a table.
    1. Get the table name from the output.
      Our example output showed the /hbase/data/default/t/… path, which means that the HFile belongs to the t table which is in the default namespace.
    2. Rewrite the HFiles by issuing a major compaction. Use the old installation.
      shell> major_compact 't'
      When compaction is finished, the invalid HFile disappears.
  4. Fix the HFiles that belong to a snapshot that is needed. Use the old installation.
    1. Find the snapshot which refers the invalid HFile. You can do this using a shell script and the following example code. In our example output, the HFile is 29c641ae91c34fc3bee881f45436b6d1:
      # Find the snapshot which referes to the invalid HFile
      for snapshot in $(hbase snapshotinfo -list-snapshots 2> /dev/null | cut -f 1 -d \|); 
      echo "checking snapshot named '${snapshot}'"
       hbase snapshotinfo -snapshot "${snapshot}" -files 2> /dev/null | grep 29c641ae91c34fc3bee881f45436b6d1
      The following output means that the invalid file belongs to the t_snap snapshot:
      checking snapshot names 't__snap'
       1.0 K t/56be41796340b757eb7fff1eb5e2a905/f/29c641ae91c34fc3bee881f45436b6d1 (archive)
    2. Convert snapshot to another HFile format if data encoding is the issue using the following command:
      # creating a new namespace for the cleanup process
      hbase> create_namespace 'pre_upgrade_cleanup'
      # creating a new snapshot
      hbase> clone_snapshot 't_snap', 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t'
      hbase> alter 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t', { NAME => 'f', DATA_BLOCK_ENCODING => 'FAST_DIFF' }
      hbase> major_compact 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t'
      # removing the invalid snapshot
      hbase> delete_snapshot 't_snap'
      # creating a new snapshot
      hbase> snapshot 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t', 't_snap'
      # removing temporary table
      hbase> disable 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t'
      hbase> drop 'pre_upgrade_cleanup:t'
      hbase> drop_namespace 'pre_upgrade_cleanup'
  5. Run the hbck command on to identify HFiles in a bad state and remedy those HFiles.