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From Michael Armbrust <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release Apache Spark 1.4.0 (RC1)
Date Fri, 22 May 2015 21:19:33 GMT
Thanks for the feedback.  As you stated UDTs are explicitly not a public
api as we knew we were going to be making breaking changes to them.  We
hope to stabilize / open them up in future releases.  Regarding the Hive
issue, have you tried using TestHive instead.  This is what we use for
testing and it takes care of creating temporary directories for all
storage.  It also has a reset() function that you can call in-between
tests.  If this doesn't work for you, maybe open a JIRA and we can discuss
more there.

On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 12:56 PM, Justin Uang <> wrote:

> I'm working on one of the Palantir teams using Spark, and here is our
> feedback:
> We have encountered three issues when upgrading to spark 1.4.0. I'm not
> sure they qualify as a -1, as they come from using non-public APIs and
> multiple spark contexts for the purposes of testing, but I do want to bring
> them up for awareness =)
>    1. Our UDT was serializing to a StringType, but now strings are
>    represented internally as UTF8String, so we had to change our UDT to use
>    UTF8String.apply() and UTF8String.toString() to convert back to String.
>    2. createDataFrame when using UDTs used to accept things in the
>    serialized catalyst form. Now, they're supposed to be in the UDT java class
>    form (I think this change would've affected us in 1.3.1 already, since we
>    were in 1.3.0)
>    3. derby database lifecycle management issue with HiveContext. We have
>    been using a SparkContextResource JUnit Rule that we wrote, and it sets up
>    then tears down a SparkContext and HiveContext between unit test runs
>    within the same process (possibly the same thread as well). Multiple
>    contexts are not being used at once. It used to work in 1.3.0, but now when
>    we try to create the HiveContext for the second unit test, then it
>    complains with the following exception. I have a feeling it might have
>    something to do with the Hive object being thread local, and us not
>    explicitly closing the HiveContext and everything it holds. The full stack
>    trace is here:
> Caused by: java.sql.SQLException: Failed to start database 'metastore_db' with class
loader org.apache.spark.sql.hive.client.IsolatedClientLoader$$anon$1@5dea2446, see the next
exception for details.
> 	at org.apache.derby.impl.jdbc.SQLExceptionFactory.getSQLException(Unknown Source)
> On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM Imran Rashid <>
> wrote:
>> -1
>> discovered I accidentally removed master & worker json endpoints, will
>> restore
>> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM, Patrick Wendell <>
>> wrote:
>>> Please vote on releasing the following candidate as Apache Spark version
>>> 1.4.0!
>>> The tag to be voted on is v1.4.0-rc1 (commit 777a081):
>>> The release files, including signatures, digests, etc. can be found at:
>>> Release artifacts are signed with the following key:
>>> The staging repository for this release can be found at:
>>> The documentation corresponding to this release can be found at:
>>> Please vote on releasing this package as Apache Spark 1.4.0!
>>> The vote is open until Friday, May 22, at 17:03 UTC and passes
>>> if a majority of at least 3 +1 PMC votes are cast.
>>> [ ] +1 Release this package as Apache Spark 1.4.0
>>> [ ] -1 Do not release this package because ...
>>> To learn more about Apache Spark, please see
>>> == How can I help test this release? ==
>>> If you are a Spark user, you can help us test this release by
>>> taking a Spark 1.3 workload and running on this release candidate,
>>> then reporting any regressions.
>>> == What justifies a -1 vote for this release? ==
>>> This vote is happening towards the end of the 1.4 QA period,
>>> so -1 votes should only occur for significant regressions from 1.3.1.
>>> Bugs already present in 1.3.X, minor regressions, or bugs related
>>> to new features will not block this release.
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