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From Cody Koeninger <>
Subject replacement for SPARK_JAVA_OPTS
Date Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:12:32 GMT
We were previously using SPARK_JAVA_OPTS to set java system properties via

This was used for properties that varied on a per-deployment-environment
basis, but needed to be available in the spark shell and workers.

On upgrading to 1.0, we saw that SPARK_JAVA_OPTS had been deprecated, and
replaced by spark-defaults.conf and command line arguments to spark-submit
or spark-shell.

However, setting spark.driver.extraJavaOptions and
spark.executor.extraJavaOptions in spark-defaults.conf is not a replacement

$ cat conf/spark-defaults.conf

$ ./bin/spark-shell

scala> System.getProperty("")
res0: String = null

$ ./bin/spark-shell --driver-java-options ""

scala> System.getProperty("")
res0: String = 23

Looking through the shell scripts for spark-submit and spark-class, I can
see why this is; parsing spark-defaults.conf from bash could be brittle.

But from an ergonomic point of view, it's a step back to go from a
set-it-and-forget-it configuration in, to requiring command
line arguments.

I can solve this with an ad-hoc script to wrap spark-shell with the
appropriate arguments, but I wanted to bring the issue up to see if anyone
else had run into it,
or had any direction for a general solution (beyond parsing java properties
files from bash).

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