In KerberosAuthenticator we construct the principal as follows:
Seems like we should use the configured hadoop.http.authentication.kerberos.principal instead right?
I hit this issue as a distcp using webhdfs://localhost fails because HTTP/localhost is not in the kerb DB but using webhdfs://eli-thinkpad works because HTTP/eli-thinkpad is (and is my configured principal). distcp using Hftp://localhost with the same config works so it looks like this check is webhdfs specific for some reason (webhdfs is using spnego and hftp is not?).