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From Piyush Narang <>
Subject Re: Issues running compute incremental stats in Impala - alter not possible
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:03:20 GMT
Thanks Alex and Mostafa. I tried running compute stats full a couple of weeks back on this
table and it was still going 4 hours later (and I didn’t see any progress indication on
the Impala web UI). I’ll try and hunt through the Hive metastore log files and see if I
can find anything.

Is there something specific you’re looking for in the show create table output? I can dump
that here (rather than the full table definition and details which is pretty verbose and I
might need to check if it’s ok to share externally).

-- Piyush

From: Mostafa Mokhtar <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1:48 PM
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: Issues running compute incremental stats in Impala - alter not possible

Also check the Hive Metastore log files.

In general if the table has a large number of partitions incremental stats will have very
large overhead in terms of metadata.

I would recommend running "compute stats bi_ full" then manually set the row count for newly
added partitions whenever possible.

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 10:36 AM, Alexander Behm <<>>
Thanks for the report. I have not seen this issue. Looks like the alter RPC is rejected by
the Hive Metastore. Maybe looking into the Hive/Metastore logs would help.

The SHOW CREATE TABLE output might also help us debug.

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 10:28 AM, Piyush Narang <<>>
Hi folks,

I’m running into some issues when I try to compute incremental stats in Impala that I was
hoping someone would be able to help with. I’m able to ‘compute stats’ in Impala on
my smaller tables just fine. When I try computing stats incrementally for one of my larger
tables, I seem to be running into this error:
> compute incremental stats bi_ full partition (param1=0,day='2017-10-04',hour=00,host_platform='EU');
Query: compute incremental stats bi_full partition (param1=0,day='2017-10-04',hour=00,host_platform='EU')
WARNINGS: ImpalaRuntimeException: Error making 'alter_partitions' RPC to Hive Metastore:
CAUSED BY: InvalidOperationException: alter is not possible

Looking at impalad.INFO and catalogd.INFO I don’t see any additional details. I verified
that I’m the owner of the tables in HDFS.

Has anyone run into this issue in the past? Any workarounds?


-- Piyush

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