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From "Gregory Chanan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SENTRY-14) Multiple components and sentry-site.xml/providers
Date Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:45:52 GMT


Gregory Chanan commented on SENTRY-14:

Here are some initial thoughts...

1) Provider resource
it seems difficult to maintain role mappings for multiple services in the same file, at least
without changing the syntax.  Let's say I have some policy like:
users = server=server1->db=database->table=sometable->action=Select

Does this apply to both hive and impala?  What if I just want it to apply to one and not the
other, how do I specify that?  With multiple services, can we even provide good error messages
(if there is a syntax error, how do we know which service they were trying to use?)  It just
seems cleaner to use a per-service provider resource.

2) sentry-site.xml

I'm more split on this one, because I don't think there are as many complications as in the
provider resource case.  With a single sentry-site.xml I could specify multiple provider resources
like so:

That is, we specify multiple resources in the same sentry-site.xml file.  We could even use
this in order to use the same provider resource for multiple services (assuming the models
were identical -- otherwise we contradict #1).   For example, hive and sentry could use the
same file by pointing sentry.hive.provider.resource and sentry.impala.provider.resource to
the same file.

This model can work with using multiple sentry-site.xml files as well.  Let's say I wanted
to use hive and solr but for hive I want to use the hadoop group mappings and for solr I want
to use local group mappings.  I could specify two different sentry-site.xmls, where uses hadoop
groups mappings and sets sentry.hive.provider.resource and another uses local group mappings
and sets sentry.solr.provider.resource.  Alternatively, you could specify the service on the
provider name, e.g. sentry.hive.provider and sentry.solr.provider in the same sentry-site.xml.

So in summary, my thoughts are as follows:
1) Only support one model per provider resource file (if two services use the same model,
they can use the same provider resource file)
2) Don't restrict whether users can specify multiple or a single sentry-site.xml for multiple
services.  To do this, the provider resource property name is parameterized by the service
name, that is sentry.{servicename}.provider.resource.
3) The provider property name itself may or may not be parameterized by the service name,
that is either sentry.provider or sentry.{service}.provider.  I don't have a strong feeling
here but would lean towards it not being parameterized for simplicity (it seems rare that
a user would want different providers for different services).

> Multiple components and sentry-site.xml/providers
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SENTRY-14
>                 URL:
>             Project: Sentry
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Gregory Chanan
> This is related to the refactoring in SENTRY-9 and also renaming the properties in sentry-site.xml
in SENTRY-4.
> The issue is what we support when users are using sentry in multiple services, e.g. hive,
search, impala.
> Are they expected to use one sentry-site.xml for each service?  One sentry-site.xml for
all services?  Either?
> I think the same questions that are relevant to the sentry-site.xml are also relevant
to the provider resources.

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