I looked at the proxy/README today and some things were unclear to me. When I compile Accumulo from the top level, isn't the proxy submodule included? Why would it need to be built separately? In order to build the proxy module from within the proxy directory, I needed to run 'mvn install' at the top level because of a dependency. The proxy.properties file which needs to be edited is not the one in the build directory, it's the one in the installation directory. Also, the 'accumulo proxy' command should be run from the installation directory.
I also got a chance to look at the proxy/python/README file. Perhaps it's just that I know very little about python but "PYTHONPATH=path/to/generated/api:path/to/thrift/libs python TestClient.py" does not look right. Should there be a ';' before the python command? Will python people know what the 'path/to/generated/api' and 'path/to/thrift/libs' are?
My last note - does thrift really need to be installed?