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From David Patterson <>
Subject Re: Accessing Accumulo from a different machine
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:07:04 GMT
Josh, thanks for your help.
1) Running on the machine that has the accumulo/hadoop/zookeeper code, in
the accumulo shell for the user name "dave" I see the UUID for my instance.
2) Running on the "other" machine, launching the zookeeper client, pointing
to the ip address of the server and issuing the get
/accumulo/instance/{my-instance-name}, I see the same UUID for the
3) Running on the "other" machine, when I run my java code to connect to
the remote machine with the proper instance name, userid and password, I
get the INVALID_INSTANCEID as described in detail above.
4) Running on my normal machine (Windows) running eclipse where I've
developed the code, if I run the code as a Java Application, it hangs.
5) Running on my windows machine, if I debug the application, I can
interrupt it when it hangs up and it is waiting on the line with
     Connector connector = instance.getConnector( acUserName, new
PasswordToken( acPassword));

Can my application create a connector to a remote machine's
ZookeeperInstance and reference it from "afar"? Do I have to have:
a)  a copy of Zookeeper running on the machine from which I'm calling for
b) call the "local" zookeeper for data and let it connect to the remote
node for the data?

The code I'm writing receives a row identifier as a String parameter,
creates a Scanner, sets the range to a single row (same value for both ends
of the range) and iterates over the (one and only) row.

I'm using Accumulo 1.6.1, Hadoop 2.6.0, and zookeeper 3.4.6, Java 7
(Oracle). The two cloud machines are running Ubuntu 14.04.



On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 5:24 PM, Josh Elser <> wrote:

> Oops, sorry. I used '>' to denote the shell prompt. The bits below where
> it converted them to a quote is just meant to denote commands that are run
> inside the zkCli :)
> Josh Elser wrote:
>> If you're using the same exact code on both machines, it sounds like you
>> might have something unexpected going on with your networking.
>> Accumulo can share ZooKeeper and HDFS instances -- it uses the notion of
>> an InstanceID to do this. The InstanceID is a UUID assigned to an
>> Accumulo instance during `accumulo init`. Because a UUID is hard to
>> memorize, and you need to identify the Accumulo instance you want to
>> connect to in the client API, there is also a mapping of some
>> 'easy-to-remember' name to that UUID. For example 'daves_accumulo' maps
>> to '12345678-1234-1234-123456789012'.
>> The error you're seeing is because the UUID your client found from the
>> `instanceName` is different than the instanceID the Accumulo server has.
>> A quick sanity check is to look at ZooKeeper:
>> -server your_zk_host:2181
>>> get /accumulo/instances/your_instance_name
>> Compare the value of that node (first line of output) with the instance
>> ID displayed on the Accumulo monitor (top of the page). They should be
>> the same.
>> I don't think I've ever seen this personally, so I'm not sure what to
>> guess at how it happened. It's possible you might have networking messed
>> up and are talking to a different ZooKeeper than you think you are
>> (common problem if you have misconfigured a quorum and each ZK node is
>> acting independent instead of together). A quick fix would be to change
>> the node in ZK to the correct instance ID.
>> -server your_zk_host:2181
>>> delete /accumulo/instances/your_instance_name
>>> create /accumulo/instances/your_instance_name instance_id_from_monitor
>> If that doesn't help, please give us some more information (versions
>> you're using, how you set up the system, anything special you did).
>> David Patterson wrote:
>>> I'm running a very simple test configuration with on Ubuntu 14
>>> machine. If I run code on that machine I can read the data I've added.
>>> I'm only using column family name, (empty_text for the qualifier) and
>>> a value -- no authorizations.
>>> When I run the exact same program (identical jar) on another Ubuntu 14
>>> machine, I get
>>> org.apache.accumulo.core.client.AccumuloSecurityException: Error
>>> INVALID_INSTANCEID for user dave - Unknown security exception
>>> at
>>> org.apache.accumulo.core.client.impl.ServerClient.
>>> execute(
>>> at
>>> org.apache.accumulo.core.client.impl.ConnectorImpl.<
>>> init>(
>>> at
>>> org.apache.accumulo.core.client.ZooKeeperInstance.getConnector(
>>> at<init>(
>>> at
>>> Caused by: ThriftSecurityException(user:dave, code:INVALID_INSTANCEID)
>>> The error occurs on the instance.getConnector call (the second line
>>> below)
>>> instance = new ZooKeeperInstance(instanceName, zooServers);
>>> connector = instance.getConnector( acUserName, new PasswordToken(
>>> acPassword));
>>> One possible source for strangeness is that both of these machines are
>>> on a cloud server. Each of them has 2 ip addresses -- one that is
>>> available from the outside, and one that is available only inside the
>>> cloud. I'm using the outside-the-cloud ip address in the zooServers
>>> string.
>>> The /etc/hosts file on the machine with the Accumulo data has the
>>> external ip address as the name of the machine. It also has
>>> defined as localhost.
>>> Any suggestions?
>>> Dave Patterson

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