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From "Elliot West (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HIVE-11229) Mutation API: Coordinator communication with meta store should be optional
Date Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:24:07 GMT
Elliot West created HIVE-11229:

             Summary: Mutation API: Coordinator communication with meta store should be optional
                 Key: HIVE-11229
             Project: Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: HCatalog
    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
            Reporter: Elliot West
            Assignee: Elliot West

[~ekoifman] raised a theoretical issue with the streaming mutation API (HIVE-10165) where
worker nodes operating in a distributed cluster might overwhelm a meta store while trying
to obtain partition locks. Although this does not happen in practice (see HIVE-11228), the
API does communicate with the meta store in this manner to obtain partition paths and create
new partitions. Therefore the issue described does in fact exist in the current implementation,
albeit in a different code path. I’d like to make such communication optional like so:

* When the user chooses not to create partitions on demand, no meta store connection will
be created in the {{MutationCoordinators}}. Additionally, partition paths will be resolved
using {{org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.Warehouse.getPartitionPath(Path, LinkedHashMap<String,
String>)}} which should be suitable so long as standard Hive partition layouts are followed.
* If the user does choose to create partitions on demand then the system will operate as is
does currently; using the meta store to both issue {{add_partition}} events and look up partition
meta data.
* The documentation will be updated to describe these behaviours and outline alternative approaches
to collecting affected partition names and creating partitions in a less intensive manner.

Side note for follow up: The parameter names {{tblName}} and {{dbName}} seem to be the wrong
way around on the method {{org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.IMetaStoreClient.getPartition(String,
String, List<String>)}}.

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