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Asynchronous Native Java Client for Kudu

System Requirements

  • Java 7
  • Maven 3
  • protobuf 2.6.1 (it needs to be the exact version)
  • MIT Kerberos (krb5)

Building the Client

$ mvn package -DskipTests

The client jar will can then be found at kudu-client/target.

Running the Tests

The unit tests will start a master and a tablet server using the flags file located in the src/test/resources/ directory. The tests will locate the master and tablet server binaries by looking in 'build/latest/bin' from the root of the git repository. If you have recently built the C++ code for Kudu, those should be present already.

Once everything is setup correctly, run:

$ mvn test

If for some reason the binaries aren't in the expected location as shown above, you can pass -DbinDir=/path/to/directory.

Integration tests, including tests which cover Hadoop integration, may be run with:

$ mvn verify

Building the Kudu-Spark integration for Spark 2.x with Scala 2.11

The Spark integration builds for Spark 1.x and Scala 2.10 by default. Additionally, there is a build profile available for Spark 2.x with Scala 2.11: from the kudu-spark directory, run

$ mvn clean package -P spark2_2.11

The two artifactIds are

  1. kudu-spark_2.10 for Spark 1.x with Scala 2.10
  2. kudu-spark2_2.11 for Spark 2.x with Scala 2.11

State of Eclipse integration

Maven projects can be integrated with Eclipse in one of two ways:

  1. Import a Maven project using Eclipse's m2e plugin.
  2. Generate Eclipse project files using maven's maven-eclipse-plugin plugin.

Each approach has its own pros and cons.

m2e integration (Eclipse to Maven)

The m2e approach is generally recommended as m2e is still under active development, unlike maven-eclipse-plugin. Much of the complexity comes from how m2e maps maven lifecycle phases to Eclipse build actions. The problem is that m2e must be told what to do with each maven plugin, and this information is either conveyed through explicit mapping metadata found in pom.xml, or in an m2e "extension". m2e ships with extensions for some of the common maven plugins, but not for maven-antrun-plugin or maven-protoc-plugin. The explicit metadata mapping found in kudu-client/pom.xml has placated m2e in both cases (in Eclipse see kudu-client->Properties->Maven->Lifecycle Mapping). Nevertheless, maven-protoc-plugin isn't being run correctly.

To work around this, you can download, build, and install a user-made m2e extension for maven-protoc-plugin:


See http://wiki.eclipse.org/M2E_plugin_execution_not_covered for far more excruciating detail.

maven-eclipse-plugin (Maven to Eclipse)

The maven-eclipse-plugin approach, despite being old fashioned and largely unsupported, is easier to use. The very first time you want to use it, run the following:

$ mvn -Declipse.workspace= eclipse:configure-workspace

This will add the M2_REPO classpath variable to Eclipse. You can verify this in Preferences->Java->Build Path->Classpath Variables. It should be set to /home/<user>/.m2/repository.

To generate the Eclipse project files, run:

$ mvn eclipse:eclipse

If you want to look at Javadoc/source in Eclipse for dependent artifacts, run:

$ mvn eclipse:eclipse -DdownloadJavadocs=true -DdownloadSources=true

So what's the problem with maven-eclipse-plugin? The issue lies with maven-protoc-plugin. Because all of our .proto files are in src/kudu, the "resource path" in maven-protoc-plugin must be absolute and prefixed with ${project.baseDir). This absolute path is copied verbatim to an Eclipse .classpath , and Eclipse doesn't know what to do with it, causing it avoid building kudu-client altogether. Other plugins (like maven-avro-plugin) don't seem to have this problem, so it's likely a bug in maven-protoc-plugin.

There's a simple workaround: delete the errant folder within Eclipse and refresh the kudu-client project.