Weird, it seems like this is trying to use the SparkContext before it's initialized, or something like that. Have you tried unrolling this into a single method? I wonder if you just have multiple versions of these libraries on your classpath or something.


On Oct 4, 2014, at 1:40 PM, Mario Pastorelli <> wrote:

I would like to use FunSuite to test my Spark jobs by extending FunSuite with a new function, called localTest, that runs a test with a default SparkContext:

class SparkFunSuite extends FunSuite {

  def localTest(name : String)(f : SparkContext => Unit) : Unit = {
    val conf = new SparkConf().setAppName(name).setMaster("local")
    val sc = new SparkContext(conf)
    try {
    } finally {

Then I can add tests easily to my testing suites:

class MyTestSuite extends SparkFunSuite {

  localTest("My Spark test") { sc =>
    assertResult(2)(sc.parallelize(Seq(1,2,3)).filter(_ <= 2).map(_ + 1).count)

The problem is that when I run the tests I get a NullPointerException:

[info] MyTestSuite:
[info] - My Spark test *** FAILED ***
[info]   java.lang.NullPointerException:
[info]   at org.apache.spark.SparkContext.defaultParallelism(SparkContext.scala:1215)
[info]   at org.apache.spark.SparkContext.parallelize$default$2(SparkContext.scala:435)
[info]   at MyTestSuite$$anonfun$1.apply(FunSuiteTest.scala:24)
[info]   at MyTestSuite$$anonfun$1.apply(FunSuiteTest.scala:23)
[info]   at SparkFunSuite$$anonfun$localTest$1.apply$mcV$sp(FunSuiteTest.scala:13)
[info]   at SparkFunSuite$$anonfun$localTest$1.apply(FunSuiteTest.scala:13)
[info]   at SparkFunSuite$$anonfun$localTest$1.apply(FunSuiteTest.scala:13)
[info]   at org.scalatest.Transformer$$anonfun$apply$1.apply$mcV$sp(Transformer.scala:22)
[info]   at org.scalatest.OutcomeOf$class.outcomeOf(OutcomeOf.scala:85)
[info]   at org.scalatest.OutcomeOf$.outcomeOf(OutcomeOf.scala:104)
[info]   ...

What is causing the NullPointerException? More importantly, why I get this error while the testing suite of Spark, that does something similar, doesn't? Can somebody explain me the difference between them?

I'm using Scala 2.10.4 with spark-core 1.0.2 and scalatest 2.2.2.