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SQOOP : mapred.FileAlreadyExistsException : Output directory

SQOOP  : mapred.FileAlreadyExistsException : Output directory
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Sometimes when you import data from RDBMS to Hadoop via Sqoop you will see this error.

org.apache.hadoop.mapred.FileAlreadyExistsException: Output directory

hdfs://hadoopcluster/user/username/importtable  already exists


$ hdfs dfs -rm -r -skipTrash  hdfs://hadoopcluster/user/username/importtable


When Sqoop is used for Importing data, sqoop creates a temporary file under  home directory and later deletes those files. Sometimes due to some issue, sqoop will exit without deleting the folder. In that case it generates this error. Solution is to manually delete the folder using  hdfs dfs -rm -r command.


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