hdfs dfs vs hadoop fs

Most people used to think that the shell commands hdfs dfs and hadoop fs were interchangeable. They list the directories’ contents in question. But there is a distinction between them.

hadoop fs <args>
The generic file system abbreviation fs is used to refer to any file system, including local file systems, HDFS, WebHDFS, S3 FS, etc.

hdfs dfs <args>
It is particular to HDFS and refers to the Distributed File System. It can be used to carry out HDFS operations.

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