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From "Hari Sekhon (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AMBARI-8815) Add Parcel support similar to Cloudera Manager
Date Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:41:34 GMT


Hari Sekhon commented on AMBARI-8815:

@John yes of course the path prefix should be configurable to something other than /opt at
install time as well if you really want to change it (in which case I recommend symlinking
/opt/stack to the location you actually install it so all the commands from documentation
and the internet still work with copy and paste without having to modify the paths every single

> Add Parcel support similar to Cloudera Manager
> ----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AMBARI-8815
>                 URL:
>             Project: Ambari
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: stacks
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.0
>         Environment: HDP 2.2
>            Reporter: Hari Sekhon
> Instead of installing lots of RPMs consider adding Parcel support as is done in Cloudera
> I wasn't sure about it when we first started using it in Cloudera but it's actually much
simpler and cleaner.
> A Parcel is basically just a tarball that you unpack to /opt/<stack>/<version>
and then link /opt/<stack>/current to the currently active version so you can easily
keep lots of them adjacently.
> It also simplifies deploying a stack since there is no variation of what is installed
and what is missing, it's always the same directory tree and linking is very simple (much
simpler than the latest HDP 2.2 attempt where /usr/hdp/current doesn't actually map straight
to the version dir meaning you can't just use /usr/hdp/current/... as the prefix for all commands
like you should be able to - as I used to do on Cloudera).
> Having a static prefix that is relinked like /opt/<stack>/current would make commands
portable across different versions of the stack, a major win compared to the current HDP 2.2
implementation where you need to explicitly specify a prefix containing the exact version
eg. /usr/hdp/ - which is not portable at all (this might actually just be because
the symlinks under current/ are named differently to what they link to though).
> Regards,
> Hari Sekhon
> (ex-Cloudera)

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