Setting up the RHadoop working place
With this article we will guide you through the process of setting up your RHadoop working place.
We are assuming that (i) you already have the latest version of
VirtuaBox and (ii) you have successfully downloaded our
mint_hadoop virtual machine, where the
RHadoop environment is prearranged.
First, we search on our computer for the virtual box and run it. In the
VirtualBox we find our virtual machine called
mint_hadoop and run it. If you receive any notification about the keyboard or mouse, we suggest that you ignore it.
We log in as hduser with the password ‘’hadoop’’. We can see a welcome screen, which we can also close.
First, we start the terminal window. We run Hadoop with two commands:
start-dfs.shis used to run the
Hadoopdistributed file system. This establishes one namenode and the related datanodes - in our case only one datanode.
- Next we run
start-yarn.shto start the master and node resource managers and map reduce.
We need to run
R, which we will use to create and submit the map-reduce tasks to
Hadoop. We decided to use
RStudio, which is a free and open-source, integrated development environment for
R. We run
RStudio from the terminal window using the command
Note that if running the script
rstudio reports some warnings, then they are probably related to missing fonts. We ignore them and just press enter.
Now we set up
RStudio for the data analysis with
RHadoop. We open a new script file and save it to a local folder. At the beginning, we must set the system environment for
Hadoop. These lines:
Sys.setenv(HADOOP_OPTS="-Djava.library.path=/usr/local/hadoop/lib/native") Sys.setenv(HADOOP_HOME="/usr/local/hadoop") Sys.setenv(HADOOP_CMD="/usr/local/hadoop/bin/hadoop") Sys.setenv(HADOOP_STREAMING="/usr/local/hadoop/share/hadoop/tools/lib/hadoop-streaming-2.6.5.jar") Sys.setenv(JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64")
define the system variables. We copy them into the script file, mark them and execute them by pressing
Finally, we load the basic
We establish our connectivity to the
Hadoop Distributed File System by loading the library
To perform a statistical analysis in
R with Hadoop MapReduce we also need to load library
rmr2, where the scripts for the map-and-reduce operation are defined:
We close this last step with the execution of
Now RHadoop is ready and we can start writing scripts for the big-data analysis.
Closing the working place
When we want to close the RHadoop session we:
- Save all the script files and if needed also the workspace;
RStudioby clicking the close button;
- Stop the terminal window and the
mint_hadoopvirtual machine by clicking the close button.
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