Getting Hadoop trunk up and running from source

2009-10-04 20:18
Having told Thilo about the possibility to write Hadoop jobs in Python with Dumbo, we spent some time getting Dumbo 0.21 up and running over the past weekend. The first option the wiki proposes is to take a pre-0.21 release and patch that to work with the current Dumbo release. The second option described takes the not-yet-released version of Hadoop that can be used w/o any patches.

We decided to follow the latter suggestion. After the latest split of the project, we downloaded common, hdfs and mapreduce. Building each project was easy - assuming that ant, Sun JDK 6 (for Hadoop), Forrest (for the documentation pages) and Sun JDK 5 (for forrest) is installed.

Deviating from the documentation, the distributed filesystem as well as map reduce are now started from separate scripts ( instead of These scripts are located in the common project. In addition the variables HADOOP_HDFS_HOME and HADOOP_MAPRED_HOME must be set to point to respective projects for cluster setup to work. Other than that the setup currently is identical to the previous version.