Found a setting that seems to fix this problem, but it does not seems to be available until Spark 1.3. See

However, glad to see a work is being done with the issue.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM, Anders Arpteg <> wrote:
Yes Andrew, I am. Tried setting spark.yarn.applicationMaster.waitTries to 1 (thanks Sean), but with no luck. Any ideas?

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 7:58 PM, Andrew Or <> wrote:
Hi Anders, are you using YARN by any chance?

2015-01-13 0:32 GMT-08:00 Anders Arpteg <>:

Since starting using Spark 1.2, I've experienced an annoying issue with failing apps that gets executed twice. I'm not talking about tasks inside a job, that should be executed multiple times before failing the whole app. I'm talking about the whole app, that seems to close the previous Spark context, start a new, and rerun the app again.

This is annoying since it overwrite the log files as well and it becomes hard to troubleshoot the failing app. Does anyone know how to turn this "feature" off?