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A user having surprising troubles running more resource-intensive Hive queries

| Posted in Troubleshooting |

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The problem

A couple of months ago, one of our data analysts pernamently run into troubles when he wanted to run more resource-intensive Hive queries. Surprisingly, his queries were valid, syntactically-correct and run successfully on small data, but they just failed on larger datasets. On the other hand, other users were able to run the same queries successfully on the same large datasets. Obviously, it sounds like some permissions problem, however the user had right HDFS and Hive permissions.

JobTracker slowness, guesstimation and a data-driven answer

| Posted in Monitoring, Troubleshooting |

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JobTracker slowness issue

The problem

A couple of weeks ago, we got a JIRA ticket complaining about JobTracker being super slow (while it used to be super snappy most of the time). Obviously in such a situation, developers and analysts are a bit annoyed because it results in difficulties in submitting and tracking status of MapReduce jobs (however, the side effect is having a time for unplanned coffee break, what should not be so bad ;)) Anyway, we are also a bit ashamed and sad, because we aim for a perfect Hadoop cluster and no unplanned coffee breaks interruptions.