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From Time Less <>
Subject Maximum Number of Hive Partitions = 256?
Date Wed, 04 May 2011 01:51:40 GMT
I created a partitioned table, partitioned daily. If I query the earlier
partitions, everything works. The later ones fail with error:

hive> select substr(user_name,1,1),count(*) from u_s_h_b where
dtpartition='2010-10-24' group by substr(user_name,1,1) ;
Total MapReduce jobs = 1
Launching Job 1 out of 1
Number of reduce tasks not specified. Estimated from input data size: 1
In order to change the average load for a reducer (in bytes):
  set hive.exec.reducers.bytes.per.reducer=<number>
In order to limit the maximum number of reducers:
  set hive.exec.reducers.max=<number>
In order to set a constant number of reducers:
  set mapred.reduce.tasks=<number>
java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 0
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.RunJar.main(
Job Submission failed with exception
FAILED: Execution Error, return code 1 from

It turns out that 2010-10-24 is 257 days from the very first partition in my
dataset (2010-01-09):

| date_sub('2010-10-24',interval 257 day) |
| 2010-02-09                              |

That seems like an interesting coincidence. But try as I might, the Great
Googles will not show me a way to tune this, or even if it is tuneable, or
expected. Has anyone else run into a 256-partition limit in Hive? How do you
work around it? Why is that even the limit?! Shouldn't it be more like
32-bit maxint??!!


Tim Ellis
Riot Games

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