Some operations against the Hive Metastore seem broken
For example, when using HiveMetastoreClient.listPartitions()
the Postgres logs show queries such as:
2013-09-09 19:10:01 PDT STATEMENT: select PARTITIONS.PART_ID from
PARTITIONS inner join TBLS on PARTITIONS.TBL_ID = TBLS.TBL_ID inner
join DBS on TBLS.DB_ID = DBS.DB_ID where TBLS.TBL_NAME = $1 and
DBS.NAME = $2 order by PART_NAME asc
with a somewhat cryptic (but correct) error:
ERROR: relation "partitions" does not exist at character 32
Postgres identifiers are somewhat unusual. Unquoted identifiers are interpreted as lower case (there is no Postgres option to change this). Since the Metastore table schema uses upper case table names, the correct SQL requires escaped identifiers to those tables, i.e.,
select "PARTITIONS"."PART_ID" from "PARTITIONS"...
Hive sets metastore.try.direct.sql=true by default, so the above SQL is generated by hive/metastore/MetaStoreDirectSql.java, i.e., this is not a Datanucleus problem.
When I set metastore.try.direct.sql=false, then the Metastore backed by Postgres works.