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From "Paul Yang (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (HIVE-1428) ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION fails with a remote Thirft metastore
Date Wed, 23 Jun 2010 01:02:51 GMT
ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION fails with a remote Thirft metastore

                 Key: HIVE-1428
             Project: Hadoop Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Metastore
    Affects Versions: 0.6.0, 0.7.0
            Reporter: Paul Yang

If the hive cli is configured to use a remote metastore, ALTER TABLE ... ADD PARTITION commands
will fail with an error similar to the following:

[pradeepk@chargesize:~/dev/howl]hive --auxpath ult-serde.jar -e "ALTER TABLE mytable add partition(datestamp
= '20091101', srcid = '10',action) location '/user/pradeepk/mytable/20091101/10';"
10/06/16 17:08:59 WARN conf.Configuration: DEPRECATED: hadoop-site.xml found in the classpath.
Usage of hadoop-site.xml is deprecated. Instead use core-site.xml, mapred-site.xml and hdfs-site.xml
to override properties of core-default.xml, mapred-default.xml and hdfs-default.xml respectively
Hive history file=/tmp/pradeepk/hive_job_log_pradeepk_201006161709_1934304805.txt
FAILED: Error in metadata: org.apache.thrift.TApplicationException: get_partition failed:
unknown result
FAILED: Execution Error, return code 1 from org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.exec.DDLTask

This is due to a check that tries to retrieve the partition to check if it exists. If it does
not, an attempt is made to pass a null partition value from the metastore. Since thrift does
not support null return values, an exception is thrown when the CLI is configured to use a
remote metastore.

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