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We ran into a compatibility issue with Hive 1.1+ and Spark 1.3.x. A fix from upstream is HIVE-9726 and it is part of the merge (HIVE-10347) which is also in the queue for Hive 1.2 release.
Update hive to 1.2.1
Upgrade to spark 1.3 [Spark Branch]
Merge spark to trunk 4/15/2015
spark-1.3.0 broke hive