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From Gopal Vijayaraghavan <>
Subject Re: Help with 'alter is not possible' in metastore
Date Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:07:42 GMT

> java.sql.SQLException: Error while processing statement: FAILED: Execution Error, return
code 1 from org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.exec.DDLTask. Unable to alter partition. alter is not

> Altering works fine in a test table in our dev env. The logs here aren't too helpful.

The hiveserver2 logs might have a different backtrace than this, with more information in

FYI, you can check the backend DB for the actual value.


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