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Set up HDFS User Directory

The Hive View stores user metadata in HDFS. By default, the location in HDFS for this metadata is /user/${username} where ${username} is the username of the currently logged in user that is accessing the Hive View.


Since many users leverage the default Ambari admin user for getting started with Ambari, you must create the /user/admin folder in HDFS using these instructions before using Hive view.

To create user directories in HDFS, for each Hive View user:


  1. Connect to a host in the cluster that includes the HDFS client.

  2. Switch to the hdfs system account user.

    su - hdfs
  3. Using the HDFS client, make an HDFS directory for the user. For example, if your username is admin, you would create the following directory.

    hadoop fs -mkdir /user/admin
  4. Set the ownership on the newly created directory. For example, if your username is admin, you would make that user the directory owner.

    hadoop fs -chown admin:hadoop /user/admin