Delete directory

DELETE directory operation can be implemented using following interfaces.

DFS Client API

FileSystem.delete(org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path) is used to delete a directory from the QueryIO cluster. NameNode URL and replication count are provided in the Hadoop configuration and it is used to create file system object.


import org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configuration;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileSystem;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path;
import org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.DFSConfigKeys;

public class DeleteBucket {
	 * This program deletes the specified directory from HDFS.
	public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException{
		Configuration conf = new Configuration(true);	//Create a configuration object to define hdfs properties
		conf.set(DFSConfigKeys.FS_DEFAULT_NAME_KEY, "hdfs://"); // URL for your namenode
		conf.set(DFSConfigKeys.DFS_REPLICATION_KEY, "3"); // Replication count for files you write
		FileSystem dfs = FileSystem.get(conf);	//Initialize DFS FileSystem object with QueryIO configurations 
		dfs.delete(new Path("/queryio/demo/"), true); // Deletes files in the folder recursively


HTTP DELETE operation can be used for delete directory operation. Following sample is explained using curl command.

Syntax of curl command used is

curl -i -X DELETE "http://<host>:<port>/<path>?<username>&op=DELETE[&recursive=<true|false>]"
Sample Request:
curl -i -X DELETE ""

Above request will delete directory "demo" and all its subdirectories.

The following is the actual HTTP request:

DELETE /webhdfs/v1/queryio/demo? HTTP/1.1	
User-Agent: curl/7.21.4 (universal-apple-darwin11.0) libcurl/7.21.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8r zlib/1.2.5
Accept: */*

Delete directory operation using WEBHDFS api returns a JSON object. If successful, the HTTP 200 response code is returned. Following is the HTTP response sent when QueryIO Server successfully deletes a directory:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json
Expires: Thu, 01-Jan-1970 00:00:00 GMT
Set-Cookie: hadoop.auth="u=admin&p=admin&t=simple&e=1356635081222&s=GrDdraO+6ZAYdridUnl3YsSqQGE=";Path=/
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Server: Jetty(6.1.26)


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