Thanks for the extra context, Frank. I agree that it sounds like your problem comes from the conflict between your Jars and what comes with Spark. Its the same concern that makes everyone shudder when anything has a public dependency on Jackson. :)

What we usually do to get around situations like this is to relocate the problem library inside the shaded Jar. That way, Spark uses its version of Avro and your classes use a different version of Avro. This works if you don't need to share classes between the two. Would that work for your situation?


On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Koert Kuipers <> wrote:
sounds like you are running into the fact that you cannot really put your classes before spark's on classpath? spark's switches to support this never really worked for me either.

inability to control the classpath + inconsistent jars => trouble ?

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 2:36 PM, Frank Austin Nothaft <> wrote:
Hi Ryan,

We do set Avro to 1.8 in our downstream project. We also set Spark as a provided dependency, and build an überjar. We run via spark-submit, which builds the classpath with our überjar and all of the Spark deps. This leads to avro 1.7.1 getting picked off of the classpath at runtime, which causes the no such method exception to occur.


On May 1, 2017, at 11:31 AM, Ryan Blue <> wrote:


The issue you're running into is caused by using parquet-avro with Avro 1.7. Can't your downstream project set the Avro dependency to 1.8? Spark can't update Avro because it is a breaking change that would force users to rebuilt specific Avro classes in some cases. But you should be free to use Avro 1.8 to avoid the problem.

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Frank Austin Nothaft <> wrote:
Hi Ryan et al,

The issue we’ve seen using a build of the Spark 2.2.0 branch from a downstream project is that parquet-avro uses one of the new Avro 1.8.0 methods, and you get a NoSuchMethodError since Spark puts Avro 1.7.7 as a dependency. My colleague Michael (who posted earlier on this thread) documented this in Spark-19697. I know that Spark has unit tests that check this compatibility issue, but it looks like there was a recent change that sets a test scope dependency on Avro 1.8.0, which masks this issue in the unit tests. With this error, you can’t use the ParquetAvroOutputFormat from a application running on Spark 2.2.0.


On May 1, 2017, at 10:02 AM, Ryan Blue <> wrote:

I agree with Sean. Spark only pulls in parquet-avro for tests. For execution, it implements the record materialization APIs in Parquet to go directly to Spark SQL rows. This doesn't actually leak an Avro 1.8 dependency into Spark as far as I can tell.


On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 8:34 AM, Sean Owen <> wrote:
See discussion at -- I think the issue is that fixing this trades one problem for a slightly bigger one.

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 4:13 PM Michael Heuer <> wrote:
Version 2.2.0 bumps the dependency version for parquet to 1.8.2 but does not bump the dependency version for avro (currently at 1.7.7).  Though perhaps not clear from the issue I reported [0], this means that Spark is internally inconsistent, in that a call through parquet (which depends on avro 1.8.0 [1]) may throw errors at runtime when it hits avro 1.7.7 on the classpath.  Avro 1.8.0 is not binary compatible with 1.7.7.

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On Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 3:28 AM, Sean Owen <> wrote:
I have one more issue that, if it needs to be fixed, needs to be fixed for 2.2.0.

I'm fixing build warnings for the release and noticed that checkstyle actually complains there are some Java methods named in TitleCase, like `ProcessingTimeTimeout`:

Easy enough to fix and it's right, that's not conventional. However I wonder if it was done on purpose to match a class name?

I think this is one for @tdas

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