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From Elliot West <>
Subject Locking when using the Metastore/HCatalog APIs.
Date Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:40:36 GMT
I notice from the Hive locking wiki page
<> that locks may
be acquired for a range of HQL DDL operations. I wanted to know how the
locking scheme mapped mapped/employed by equivalent operations in the
Metastore and HCatalog APIs. Consider the operation:

alter table T1 drop partition P1

This apparently requires a shared lock on T1 and an exclusive lock on P1.
However, when following the invocation chain on the equivalent APIs I can
see no acquisition of such locks:


I notice that IMetaStoreClient exposes methods to lock and unlock resources
and I have used these when working with the ACID APIs. However I can find
nothing similar on the HCatalog API. As a user of these APIs:

   1. Do I need to acquire/release locks as declared on the wiki page when
   using equivalent operations in these APIs?
   2. If not, why not?
   3. Ideally, should the HCatClient also expose lock/unlock methods like
   the Metastore API?
   4. If not, why not?

Thank you - Elliot.

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