Customizing critical Hive configurations

As Administrator, you need property configuration guidelines. You need to know which properties you need to reconfigure after upgrading. You must understand which the upgrade process carries over from the old cluster to the new cluster.

The CDP upgrade process tries to preserve your Hive configuration property overrides. These overrides are the custom values you set to configure Hive in the old CDH or HDP cluster. The upgrade process does not perserve all overrides. For example, a custom value you set for hive.exec.max.dynamic.partitions.pernode is preserved. In the case of other properties, for example hive.cbo.enable, the upgrade ignores any override and just sets the CDP-recommended value.

The upgrade process does not preserve overrides to the configuration values of the following properties that you likely need to reconfigure to meet your needs:
  • hive.conf.hidden.list
  • hive.conf.restricted.list
  • hive.script.operator.env.blacklist

The Apache Hive Wiki describes these properties. The values of these properties are lists.

The upgrade process ignores your old list and sets a new generic list. For example, the value is a list of security commands you consider trustworthy and want to keep. Any overrides of this list that you set in the old cluster are not preserved. The new default is probably a shorter (more restrictive) list than the original default you were using in the old cluster. You need to customize this CDP to meet your needs.

Check and change each property listed above after upgrading as described in the next topic.

Consider reconfiguring more property values than the six listed above. Even if you did not override the default value in the old cluster, the CDP default might have changed in a way that impacts your work.