For non-trivial CLI operations, we have a standalone script in hudi-utilities that users can call directly using spark-submit (usually). We also have commands in hudi-cli to invoke the commands directly from hudi-cli shell.
There was an earlier effort to allow users to pass properties directly to the scripts in hudi-utilities but we still need to give the same functionality to the corresponding commands in hudi-cli.
In hudi-cli, Compaction (schedule/compact), Cleaner and HDFSParquetImporter command does not have option to pass DFS properties file. This is a followup to PR https://github.com/apache/incubator-hudi/pull/691