HTTPS to HTTPS proxy in Apache Server

Add the following configurations to the virtual host to enable https to https proxy in Apache Web Server.

SSLProxyEngine on
SSLProxyVerify none 
SSLProxyCheckPeerCN off
SSLProxyCheckPeerName off
SSLProxyCheckPeerExpire off

You may get the following error if these configurations are not added to the virtual host “Error during SSL Handshake with remote server”


Configuring Fair Scheduler in Hadoop Cluster

Hadoop comes with various scheduling algorithms such as FIFO, Capacity, Fair, DRF etc. Here I am briefly explaining about setting up fair scheduler in hadoop. This can be performed in any distribution of hadoop. By default hadoop comes with FIFO scheduler, some distribution comes with Capacity Scheduler as the default scheduler. In multiuser environments, a scheduler other than the default FIFO is definitely required. FIFO will not help us in multiuser environments because it makes us to wait in a single queue based on the order of job submission. Creating multiple job queues and assigning a portion of the cluster capacity and adding users to these queues will help us to manage and utilize the cluster resources properly.
For setting up a fair scheduler manually, we have to make some changes in the resource manager node. One is a change in the yarn-site.xml and another is the addition of a new configuration file fair-scheduler.xml
The configurations for a basic set up are given below.

Step 1:
Specify the scheduler class in the yarn-site.xml. If this property exists, replace it with the below value else add this property to the yarn-site.xml


Step 2:
Specify the Fair Scheduler allocation file. This property has to be set in yarn-site.xml. The value should be the absolute location of fair-scheduler.xml file. This file should be present locally.


Step 3:
Create the allocation configuration file
A sample allocation file is given below. We can have advanced configurations in this allocation file. This is an allocation file with a basic set of configurations
There are five types of elements which can be set up in an allocation file

Queue element :– Representing queues. It has the following properties:

  • minResources — Setting the minimum resources of a queue
  • maxResources — Setting the maximum resources of a queue
  • maxRunningApps — Setting the maximum number of apps from a queue to run at once
  • weight — Sharing the cluster non-proportional with other queues. Default to 1
  • schedulingPolicy — Values are “fair”/”fifo”/”drf” or any class that extends
  • org.apache.hadoop.yarn.server.resourcemanager.scheduler.fair.SchedulingPolicy
  • aclSubmitApps — Listing the users who can submit apps to the queue. If specified, other users will not be able to submit apps to the queue.
  • minSharePreemptionTimeout — Specifying the number of seconds the queue is under its minimum share before it tries to preempt containers to take resources from other queues.

User elements :– Representing user behaviors. It can contain a single properties to set maximum number apps for a particular user.

userMaxAppsDefault element :– Setting the default running app limit for users if the limit is not otherwise specified.

fairSharePreemptionTimeout element :– Setting the number of seconds a queue is under its fair share before it tries to preempt containers to take resources from other queues.

defaultQueueSchedulingPolicy element :– Specifying the default scheduling policy for queues; overriden by the schedulingPolicy element in each queue if specified.

 <?xml version="1.0"?>
 <queue name="queueA">
 <minResources>1000 mb, 1 vcores</minResources>
 <maxResources>5000 mb, 1 vcores</maxResources>
 <queue name="queueB">
 <minResources>1000 mb, 1 vcores</minResources>
 <maxResources>2500 mb, 1 vcores</maxResources>
 <queue name="queueC">
 <minResources>1000 mb, 1 vcores</minResources>
 <maxResources>2500 mb, 1 vcores</maxResources>
 <user name="amal">
 <user name="hdfs">
 <user name="sree">
 <user name="sahad">

Here we created three queues queueA, queueB and queueC and mapped users to these queues. While submitting the job, the user should specify the queue name. Only the user who has access to the queue can submit jobs to a particular queue. This is defined in the acls. Another thing is scheduling rules. If we specify scheduling rules, the jobs from a particular user will be directed automatically to a particular queue based on the rule. I am not mentioning the scheduling rule part here.

After making these changes, restart the resource manager. 

Now go to the resource manager web ui. In the left side of the UI, you can see a section named Scheduler. Click on that section, you will be able to see the newly created queues.

Now submit a job by specifying a queue name. You can use the option as below. The below option will submit the job to queueA. All the queues that we created are the sub-pools of root queue. Because of that, we have to specify queue name in the fomat parentQueue.subQueue

Eg:  hadoop jar hadoop-examples.jar wordcount  <input-location>  <output-location>

If you are running a hive query, you can set these property in the below format. This property should be set at the top.


Enabling LDAP authentication in Apache HTTPD server

Apache httpd server is a widely used open source webserver. By default, the applications deployed in this server will be open to the network and can be accessible without any authentication.

If we want to secure it using some credentials, what we will do .?

Apache httpd server provides several ways to add authentication.

Here I am explaining a basic configuration that enables ldap authentication with apache httpd server. Through this, we can integrate the applications deployed in the apache server with enterprise ldap. We can integrate apache server with LDAP in two steps. These steps are tested with apache httpd version 2.2

Step 1:

Open httpd.conf file and check for the below lines. If it is already present, we are good to go, else add these lines.

LoadModule ldap_module modules/
LoadModule authnz_ldap_module modules/

Step 2:

Add the following configuration at the end of the httpd.conf file

<Directory /var/www/html>
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Web Site: Login with user id"
AuthBasicProvider ldap
AuthzLDAPAuthoritative off
AuthLDAPURL ldap://,dc=unix,dc=myserver,dc=com
Require valid-user


Now this will allow all the users present in the LDAP directory to access your application.
Now restart the httpd server and try using it. You will be asked for credentials while accessing the webpages 🙂

Notification on completion of Mapreduce jobs

Heavy mapreduce jobs may run for several hours. There can be several jobs and checking the status of mapreduce jobs manually will be a boring task. I don’t like this  J. If we try to manage java programs using a script, it will not be a clean approach. Using scripts for managing java programs is bad approach. I consider these kind of designs as worst designs.

My requirement was to get notification on completion of mapreduce jobs. These are some critical mapreduce jobs and I don’t want to frequently check the status and wait for its completion.

Hadoop is providing a useful configuration to solve my problem. It is very easy to achieve this solution. Just a few lines of code will help us. Add these three lines to the Driver class

conf.set("job.end.notification.url", "http://myserverhost:8888/notification/jobId=$jobId?status=$jobStatus");
conf.setInt("job.end.retry.attempts", 3);
conf.setInt("job.end.retry.interval", 1000);

By setting these properties, hadoop sends an http request on completion of the job. We need a small piece of code for creating a webservice that accepts this http request and send email. For creating the webservice and email utility I used python language because of simplicity. Once the mapreduce job completes, it sends an http request to the URL mentioned by the configuration job.end.notification.url. The variables jobId and jobStatus will be replaced with the actual values. Once a request comes to the webservice, it will parse the arguments and call the email sending module. This is a very simple example. Instead of email, we can make different kind of notifications such as sms, phone call or triggering some other application etc. The property job.end.notification.url  is very helpful in tracking asynchronous mapreduce jobs. We can trigger another action also using this trigger. This is a clean approach because we are not running any other script to track the status of the job. The job itself is providing the status. We are using the python program for just collecting the status and making notifications using the status.

The python code for the webservice and email notification are given below.

Hadoop Versions

Apache Hadoop Versions

Hadoop Versions

Hadoop 2.0.3-alpha (released on 14 February, 2013) 2.X.X – current alpha version
Hadoop 2.0.2-alpha (released on 9 October, 2012)
Hadoop 2.0.1-alpha (released on 26 July, 2012)
Hadoop 2.0.0-alpha (released on 23 May, 2012)

Hadoop 1.1.2 (released on 15 February, 2013) 1.1.X – current beta version
Hadoop 1.1.1 (released on 1 December, 2012)
Hadoop 1.1.0 (released on 13 October, 2012)
Hadoop 1.0.4 (released on 12 October, 2012) 1.0.X – current stable version
Hadoop 1.0.3 (released on 16 May, 2012)
Hadoop 1.0.2 (released on 3 Apr, 2012)
Hadoop 1.0.1 (released on 10 Mar, 2012)
Hadoop 1.0.0 (released on 27 December, 2011)

Hadoop 0.23.6 (released on 7 February, 2013) 0.23.X – simmilar to 2.X.X but missing NN HA
Hadoop 0.23.5 (released on 28 November, 2012)
Hadoop 0.23.4 (released on 15 October, 2012)
Hadoop 0.23.3 (released on 17 September, 2012)
Hadoop 0.23.1 (released on 27 Feb, 2012)
Hadoop 0.22.0 (released on 10 December, 2011) 0.22.X – does not include security
Hadoop 0.23.0 (released on 11 Nov, 2011)
Hadoop (released on 17 Oct, 2011)
Hadoop (released on 5 Sep, 2011)
Hadoop (released on 11 May, 2011) 0.20.203.X – old legacy stable version
Hadoop 0.21.0 (released on 23 August, 2010)
Hadoop 0.20.2 (released on 26 February, 2010) 0.20.X – old legacy version
Hadoop 0.20.1 (released on 14 September, 2009)
Hadoop 0.19.2 (released on 23 July, 2009)
Hadoop 0.20.0 (released on 22 April, 2009)
Hadoop 0.19.1 (released on 24 February, 2009)
Hadoop 0.18.3 (released on 29 January, 2009)
Hadoop 0.19.0 (released on 21 November, 2008)
Hadoop 0.18.2 (released on 3 November, 2008)
Hadoop 0.18.1 (released on 17 September, 2008)
Hadoop 0.18.0 (released on 22 August, 2008)
Hadoop 0.17.2 (released on 19 August, 2008)
Hadoop 0.17.1 (released on 23 June, 2008)
Hadoop 0.17.0 (released on 20 May, 2008)
Hadoop 0.16.4 (released on 5 May, 2008)
Hadoop 0.16.3 (released on 16 April, 2008)
Hadoop 0.16.2 (released on 2 April, 2008)
Hadoop 0.16.1 (released on 13 March, 2008)
Hadoop 0.16.0 (released on 7 February, 2008)
Hadoop 0.15.3 (released on 18 January, 2008)
Hadoop 0.15.2 (released on 2 January, 2008)
Hadoop 0.15.1 (released on 27 November, 2007)
Hadoop 0.14.4 (released on 26 November, 2007)
Hadoop 0.15.0 (released on 29 October 2007)
Hadoop 0.14.3 (released on 19 October, 2007)
Hadoop 0.14.1 (released on 4 September, 2007)

Hadoop Distributions

Below are the companies offering commercial implementations and/or providing support for Apache Hadoop, which is the base for all the below.

  • Cloudera offers CDH (Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop) and Cloudera Enterprise.
  • Hortonworks (formed by Yahoo and Benchmark Capital), whose focus is on making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage and use for enterprise users. Hortonworks provides Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).
  • MapR Technologies offers distributed filesystem and MapReduce engine, the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop.
  • Oracle announced the Big Data Appliance, which integrates Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH).
  • IBM offers InfoSphere BigInsights based on Hadoop in both a basic and enterprise edition.
  • Greenplum, A Division of EMC, offers Hadoop in Community and Enterprise editions.
  • Intel – the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop is the product includes the Intel Manager for Apache Hadoop for managing a cluster.
  • Amazon Web Services – Amazon offers a version of Apache Hadoop on their EC2 infrastructure, sold as Amazon Elastic MapReduce.
  • VMware – Initiate Open Source project and product to enable easily and efficiently deploy and use Hadoop on virtual infrastructure.
  • Bigtop – project for the development of packaging and tests of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
  • DataStax – DataStax provides a product of Hadoop which fully integrates Apache Hadoop with Apache Cassandra and Apache Solr in its DataStax Enterprise platform.
  • Cascading – A popular feature-rich API for defining and executing complex and fault tolerant data processingworkflows on a Apache Hadoop cluster.
  • Mahout – Apache project using Hadoop to build scalable machine learning algorithms like canopy clustering, k-means and many more.
  • Cloudspace – uses Apache Hadoop to scale client and internal projects on Amazon’s EC2 and bare metal architectures.
  • Datameer – Datameer Analytics Solution (DAS) is a Hadoop-based solution for big data analytics that includes data source integration, storage, an analytics engine and visualization.
  • Data Mine Lab – Developing solutions based on Hadoop, Mahout, HBase and Amazon Web Services.
  • BigDataEdge (Infosys) – An Insight creation product which contains hundreds of components to get accurate insights with no pains.
  • Debian – A Debian package of Apache Hadoop is available.
  • HStreaming – offers real-time stream processing and continuous advanced analytics built into Hadoop, available as free community edition, enterprise edition, and cloud service.
  • Impetus
  • Karmasphere – Distributes Karmasphere Studio for Hadoop, which allows cross-version development and management of Apache Hadoop jobs.
  • Nutch – Apache Nutch, flexible web search engine software.
  • NGDATA – Makes available Lily Open Source that builds upon Hadoop, HBase and SOLR. Distributes Lily Enterprise.
  • Pentaho – Pentaho provides a complete, end-to-end open-source BI and offers an easy-to-use, graphical ETL tool that is integrated with Apache Hadoop for managing data and coordinating Hadoop related tasks in the broader context of ETL and Business Intelligence workflow.
  • Pervasive Software – Provides Pervasive DataRush, a parallel dataflow framework which improvesperformance of Apache Hadoop and MapReduce jobs by exploiting fine-grained parallelism on multicore servers.
  • Platform Computing – Provides an Enterprise Class MapReduce solution for Big Data Analytics with high scalability and fault tolerance. Platform MapReduce provides unique scheduling capabilities and its architecture is based on almost two decades of distributed computing research and development.
  • Sematext International – Provides consulting services around Apache Hadoop and Apache HBase, along with large-scale search using Apache Lucene, Apache Solr, and Elastic Search.
  • Talend – Talend Platform for Big Data includes support and management tools for all the major Apache Hadoop distributions. Talend Open Studio for Big Data is an Apache License Eclipse IDE, which provides a set of graphical components for HDFS, HBase, Pig, Sqoop and Hive.
  • Think Big Analytics – Offers expert consulting services specializing in Apache Hadoop, MapReduce and relateddata processing architectures.
  • Tresata – Financial Industry’s first software platform architected from the ground up on Hadoop. Data storage, processing, analytics and visualization all done on Hadoop.
  • WANdisco is a committed member & sponsor of the Apache Software community and has active committers on several projects including Apache Hadoop.

Simple Sentence Detector and Tokenizer Using OpenNLP

Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence. In this we  create and study about systems that can learn from data. We all learn from our experience or others experience. In machine learning, the system is also getting learned from some experience, which we feed as data.

So for getting an inference about something, first we train the system with some set of data. With that data, the system learns and will become capable to give inference for new data. This is the basic principal behind machine learning.

There are a lot of machine learning toolkits available. Here I am explaining a simple program by using Apache OpenNLP. OpenNLP library is a machine learning based toolkit which is made for text processing. A lot of components are available in this toolkit. Here I am  explaining a simple sentence detector and a tokenizer using OpenNLP.

Sentence Detector

Download the en-sent.bin from the Apache OpenNLP website and add this to the class path.

public void SentenceSplitter()
	SentenceDetector sentenceDetector = null;
	InputStream modelIn = null;

	try {
       modelIn = getClass().getResourceAsStream("en-sent.bin");
       final SentenceModel sentenceModel = new SentenceModel(modelIn);
       sentenceDetector = new SentenceDetectorME(sentenceModel);
	catch (final IOException ioe) {
	finally {
		   if (modelIn != null) {
		      try {
		      } catch (final IOException e) {}
	String sentences[]=(sentenceDetector.sentDetect("I am Amal. I am engineer. I like travelling and driving"));
	for(int i=0; i<sentences.length;i++)

Instead of giving sentence inside the program, you can give it as an input file.


Download the en-token.bin from the Apache OpenNLP website and add this to the class path.

public void Tokenizer() throws FileNotFoundException
	//InputStream modelIn = new FileInputStream("en-token.bin");
	InputStream modelIn=getClass().getResourceAsStream("en-token.bin");
		try {
			  TokenizerModel model = new TokenizerModel(modelIn);
			  Tokenizer tokenizer = new TokenizerME(model);
			  String tokens[] = tokenizer.tokenize("Sample tokenizer program using java");

			  for(int i=0; i<tokens.length;i++)
			catch (IOException e) {
			finally {
			  if (modelIn != null) {
			    try {
			    catch (IOException e) {