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From "Muthukumar Somasundaram (ETS)" <>
Subject Hive dataload issue.
Date Mon, 12 May 2014 07:58:57 GMT

I need a help in resolving a data load issue with Hive.


I am testing the Informatica connectivity with Big data ( Hadoop and Hive).

I have installed HDFS 1.0.3  and Hive 0.7.1  in RHEL 5.5. I am able to perform all HDFS

When I try to load a hive table using hive command line, I am getting the below error. If
you have faced this earlier or you know the solution please let me know.

I tried loading both local file and hdfs file. Both are giving same error. Hope I miss some
configuration. Please find the attached screen shot.

I tested the script in cloudera , it works fine.

Thanks in advance.

Error Info.

hive> describe dept;
deptid  int
dname   string
Time taken: 3.792 seconds
hive> ! cat /user/dept.txt;
Command failed with exit code = 1
cat: /user/dept.txt: No such file or directory
hive> ! hadoop fs -cat /user/dept.txt;
hive> LOAD DATA INPATH '/users/dept.txt' overwrite into table DEPT;
FAILED: Hive Internal Error: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException(
Relative path in absolute URI: hdfs://informatica:8020$%7Bbuild.dir%7D/scratchdir/hive_2014-05-12_12-11-29_340_565872632113593986)
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Relative path in absolute
URI: hdfs://informatica:8020$%7Bbuild.dir%7D/scratchdir/hive_2014-05-12_12-11-29_340_565872632113593986
        at org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path.initialize(
        at org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path.<init>(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.Context.getScratchDir(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.Context.getExternalScratchDir(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.Context.getExternalTmpFileURI(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.parse.LoadSemanticAnalyzer.analyzeInternal(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.parse.BaseSemanticAnalyzer.analyze(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.Driver.compile(
        at org.apache.hadoop.hive.cli.CliDriver.processCmd(


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