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From "S. Zhou" <>
Subject Re: Does sc.newAPIHadoopFile support multiple directories (or nested directories)?
Date Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:28:06 GMT
Thanks guys. So does this recursive tag work for newAPIHadoopFile? 

     On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:55 PM, Ted Yu <> wrote:

 Thanks for the confirmation, Stephen.
On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 3:53 PM, Stephen Boesch <> wrote:

Thanks, I was looking at an old version of FileInputFormat..
BEFORE setting the recursive config (mapreduce.input.fileinputformat.input.dir.recursive)scala>
sc.textFile("dev/*").count Not a file: file:/shared/sparkup/dev/audit-release/blank_maven_build

The default is null/not set which is evaluated as "false":

scala> sc.hadoopConfiguration.get("mapreduce.input.fileinputformat.input.dir.recursive")

res1: String = null


Now set the value :
scala> sc.hadoopConfiguration.get("mapreduce.input.fileinputformat.input.dir.recursive")res4:
String = true

..res5: Long = 3481

So it works.
2015-03-03 15:26 GMT-08:00 Ted Yu <>:

Looking at FileInputFormat#listStatus():    // Whether we need to recursive look into
the directory structure    boolean recursive = job.getBoolean(INPUT_DIR_RECURSIVE, false);where: 
public static final String INPUT_DIR_RECURSIVE =    "mapreduce.input.fileinputformat.input.dir.recursive";FYI
On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM, Stephen Boesch <> wrote:

The sc.textFile() invokes the Hadoop FileInputFormat via the (subclass) TextInputFormat. 
Inside the logic does exist to do the recursive directory reading - i.e. first detecting if
an entry were a directory and if so then descending:
     for (FileStatus globStat: matches) {218          if (globStat.isDir()) {219            for(FileStatus stat: fs.listStatus(globStat.getPath(),220                inputFilter)) {221              result.add(stat);222            }          223          } else {224            result.add(globStat);225          }226        }

However when invoking sc.textFile there are errors on directory entries: "not a file". This
behavior is confusing - given the proper support appears to be in place for handling directories.
2015-03-03 15:04 GMT-08:00 Sean Owen <>:

This API reads a directory of files, not one file. A "file" here
really means a directory full of part-* files. You do not need to read
those separately.

Any syntax that works with Hadoop's FileInputFormat should work. I
thought you could specify a comma-separated list of paths? maybe I am
imagining that.

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:57 PM, S. Zhou <> wrote:
> Thanks Ted. Actually a follow up question. I need to read multiple HDFS
> files into RDD. What I am doing now is: for each file I read them into a
> RDD. Then later on I union all these RDDs into one RDD. I am not sure if it
> is the best way to do it.
> Thanks
> Senqiang
> On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:40 PM, Ted Yu <> wrote:
> Looking at scaladoc:
>  /** Get an RDD for a Hadoop file with an arbitrary new API InputFormat. */
>   def newAPIHadoopFile[K, V, F <: NewInputFormat[K, V]]
> Your conclusion is confirmed.
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM, S. Zhou <> wrote:
> I did some experiments and it seems not. But I like to get confirmation (or
> perhaps I missed something). If it does support, could u let me know how to
> specify multiple folders? Thanks.
> Senqiang

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