Ambari All Sorts of Messed Up

My team and I run Ambari and Ambari agents which controls our HDFS/HBase and general HADOOP/Apache ecosystem machines.  Our bare metal machines hung, and we could not get anything restarted.

In the logs, we had:

{'msg': 'Unable to read structured output from /var/lib/ambari-agent/data/structured-out-status.json'}

We found a link at and the fix.

  1. Remove /var/lib/ambari-agent/data/structured-out-status.json
  2. Restart ambari agent.

Our ambari and setup now works.

HBase Metadata – How to Scan

I learned this tip from a colleague.  You can easily scan the hbase:meta to find the timestamp an hbase table was created.  Details on the metadata can be found on the O’Reilly website.

sudo su - hbase
/usr/bin/kinit -kt /etc/security/keytabs/<KEYTAB FILE> $(/usr/bin/klist -kt /etc/security/keytabs/hbase.headless.keytab | tail -n 1 | awk '{print $NF}')
cat << EOF | /usr/iop/current/hbase-client/bin/hbase shell
scan 'hbase:meta'