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From Huo Zhu <>
Subject hive alter partition error
Date Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:39:53 GMT
     i  created a external table like this   create external table test_tb
*** location <some hdfs dir>, it was  no problem
 now i  want to add a partition to this table, so i tried alter table
test_tb add partition (date= "2013010101")  location

but it gave following error,

13/02/05 19:53:23 ERROR metadata.Hive: MetaException(message:Got
exception: Permission denied:
user=web_front, access=WRITE,

i knew partition location should be a directory,  but  why creating
partition need write to location  ,  and more surprising is that the
error said i try to write with another user ( i committed this command
with mapred)

thanks for your help!


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