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HDP on Windows – Installation Forum

HADOOP FAILURE: Non-empty mapred.local.dir folders:

  • #46281
    David Vance

    When I try to install HDP for Windows 1.3 on a Win 2008 R2 Enterprise 64 bit box, the following error is issued:

    HADOOP FAILURE: Non-empty mapred.local.dir folders:

    The ClusterProperties.txt contains:

    #Log directory

    #Data directory


    #Database host

    #Hive properties

    #Oozie properties

    The command line is:
    msiexec /i “hdp-” /lv “hdp-” HDP_LAYOUT=”D:\Download\HortonWorks\HDPForWindows\1.3\Extract\hdp-\clusterproperties.txt” HDP_DIR=”e:\hdpInstallDir” DESTROY_DATA”=”yes”

    How is the error solved?

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  • #46445
    David Vance

    If anyone can provide any insight regarding this error, I would be very much appreciative!

    David Vance

    Well, I did a no-no and made several changes at once to try to fix it. One or more of the following eliminated the error.

    1. In the ClusterProperties files (listed above), I had 2 things going to the E drive. My install command also had the HDP_Dir parameter set to e:\hadoop. Changed it to d:\hadoop.

    2. In windows, turned-off the User Account Control settings.

    3. Deleted the folders from the previous attempts (hadoop, HadoopInstallFiles, hdp). (Although this would seem like the obvious solution, it did not work in isolation (without the other steps).

    4. Reboot.

    Hope these steps help someone with the same issue.

    Seth Lyubich

    Hi David,

    Thanks for letting us know that you resolved the issue. I think step 3 is what did the trick, and I saw UAT causing issue with installation as well.


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