Have you ever used Counters in Hadoop. Give us an example scenario?
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Counters are a useful channel for gathering statistics about the job: for quality control or for application level-statistics. They are also useful for problem diagnosis. If you are tempted to put a log message into your map or reduce task, then it is often better to see whether you can use a counter instead to record that a particular condition occurred. In addition to counter values being much easier to retrieve than log output for large distributed jobs, you get a record of the number of times that condition occurred, which is more work to obtain from a set of logfiles.