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From "Ryan Harris (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HIVE-7218) error=7, Argument list too long
Date Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:51:02 GMT
Ryan Harris created HIVE-7218:

             Summary: error=7, Argument list too long
                 Key: HIVE-7218
             Project: Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Query Processor
    Affects Versions: 0.13.1, 0.13.0, 0.12.0, 0.11.0, 0.10.0, 0.9.0, 0.8.1, 0.8.0, 0.7.1,
            Reporter: Ryan Harris

HIVE-2372 was originally created in response to this error message, however that patch was
merely a work-around to handle the condition where mapred.input.dir is too long.

Any other environment variable that is "too long" for the host OS will still cause a job failure.

In my case:
While creating a table with a large number of columns, a large hive variable is temporarily
created using SET, the variable contains the columns and column descriptions.
A CREATE TABLE statement then successfully uses that large variable.
After successfully creating the table the hive script attempts to load data into the table
using a TRANSFORM script, triggering the error: error=7, Argument list too long
Since the variable is no longer used after the table is created, the hive script was updated
to SET the large variable to empty.
After setting the variable empty the second statement in the hive script ran fine.

Hive should more gracefully notify the user as to the cause of the problem and offer a configurable
approach for automatically handling the condition.

In this case, originally identifying the cause of the issue was somewhat confusing since the
portion of the hive script that referenced the long variable ran successfully, and the portion
of the script that failed didn't even use/reference the variable that was causing that portion
to fail.

Since HIVE-2372 has already been "Fixed" this JIRA re-opens the issue since the original issue
was worked around, not resolved...

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