What does this mean for users and administrators? Will they find hive-default.xml.template in the usual place in each released branch?
The wiki discusses the template file in Configuring Hive, and I think we should have a version note explaining to developers that they won't find it in trunk anymore. (If we put the information in the developer docs, it's less likely to get noticed because there's no context for it.) Configuring Hive will be updated anyway for
HIVE-6037 to say that HiveConf.java holds all the parameter descriptions starting with 0.14.0, and the template file will be generated from HiveConf.java.