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From Stephen Boesch <>
Subject Custom hive-site.xml is ignored, how to find out why
Date Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:19:44 GMT
It seems the customized hive-site.xml is not being read. It lives under
$HIVE_HOME/conf  ( which happens to be /shared/hive/conf).  I have tried
everything there is to try:  set HIVE_CONF_DIR=/shared/hive/conf , added
--config /shared/hive/conf  and added debugging to the hive shell script
(bash -x) to ensure that the correct directory is actually getting used

The properties inside hive-site.xml are getting ignored: originally set to
using mysql , but instead the default derby is getting used. Then tried
changing  hive.metastore.local between true and false: no difference in
behavior - just going to /tmp/$USER for creating the derby no matter what.

I wondered whether hive-site.xml maybe has a syntax error and were getting
ignored: so removed everything except <configuration></configuration>:
 still no

This is the totally simplified hive-site.xml: it just has enough to try to
see if it is actually being read/applied (and it is not..):

steve@mithril:/shared/hive/conf$ cat hive-site.xml
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="configuration.xsl"?>


<!-- Hive Execution Parameters -->

<description>Scratch space for Hive jobs</description>

  <description>This is the WAR file with the jsp content for Hive Web


After running some DDL in hive, for example, no files are created
underneath /tmp/hive  (instead they are going to /tmp/$USER which is
default - as if the custom hive-site.xml never existed.

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