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Is there a smart way of deleting old files from the hdfs /tmp directory? (Just to make sure, I am not talking about the unix FS /tmp)

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Define "smart". –  mgorven Aug 9 '12 at 21:38
I can parse the output of -lsr but I dont consider it too smart. Also, I cant list anything by date :( –  Istvan Aug 10 '12 at 20:05

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Here's (the source code of) a small tool that does the job:

I might write one on my own (or port the given one to Python) so I don't need to create a build chain for Golang in my company.

And one more for Ruby users:

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hadoop fs -stat "%Y" "/path/*" Will output timestamps of everything in /path/. Use that along with a cut off as to what you consider too young and you can have this clean up in a shell script kicked off by cron.

This might be smarter then parsing other things outputted by hadoop fs.

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