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From "Christopher Tubbs (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ACCUMULO-2802) Make per-service configuration easier
Date Tue, 13 May 2014 18:58:22 GMT
Christopher Tubbs created ACCUMULO-2802:

             Summary: Make per-service configuration easier
                 Key: ACCUMULO-2802
             Project: Accumulo
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: gc, master, monitor, trace, tserver
            Reporter: Christopher Tubbs
             Fix For: 1.7.0

Currently, all server configuration is stored in a monolithic xml file (accumulo-site.xml).

We should support configuration scoped to the service it is intended to configure. That means,
that there could be a separate configuration file for each service (gc.conf, tserver.conf,
master.conf, monitor.conf, tracer.conf, etc.), which could be specified with a parameter to
the service's main method (--config <file>) with a sensible default.

Some shared configuration may still be necessary, but that can be easily satisfied by using
commons-configuration, which supports include statements.

Additionally, system properties should override the configuration file, and be interpolated
into it. This can be easily achieved with commons-configuration's hierarchical configuration.

A monolithic file could still be supported, if the individual files are concatenated. To ensure
this is possible, the service-specific prefixes should remain, to distinguish between the

Any implementation of this should be backwards compatible with the monolithic accumulo-site.xml.

Some benefits of this:
# Consolidated configuration to a single file per service, instead of multiple command-line
parameters per service.
# Allow non-XML configuration options.
# Move away from Hadoop libraries for parsing configuration.
# Allow starting multiple instances of the same service type with different configuration.

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