In our earlier recipes, we have configured the Hadoop cluster and have gone through various concepts on cluster operations. We saw that Namenode stores the metadata, which is a combination of the
fsimage file and
edits file and these two images are never merged by Namenode, unless it is restarted or there is some other node, such as Secondary Namenode, which does this. We will be covering Secondary Namenode in this chapter at a later stage.
Whenever the Namenode is started, it applies all the changes in the
edits file to the
fsimage file and starts with a clean
edits file. Depending upon the size of the
edits log, it could take a long time to start up Namenode and this adds to the total time a Namenode stays in ...