Jshell Accumulo Feature

Date:   21 Apr 2021


First introduced in Java 9, JShell is an interactive Read-Evaluate-Print-Loop (REPL) Java tool that interprets user’s input and outputs the results. This tool provides a convenient way to test out and execute quick tasks with Accumulo in the terminal. This feature is a part of the upcoming Accumulo 2.1 release. If you’re a developer and want to get involved in testing, contact us or review our contributing guide.

Major Features

  • Default JShell script provides initial imports for interacting with Accumulo’s API and provided in Accumulo’s binary distribution tarball

  • On startup, JShell Accumulo will automatically import the CLASSPATH, load in a configured environment from user’s conf/accumulo-env.sh, and invoke conf/jshell-init.jsh to allow rapid Accumulo task executions

  • JShell Accumulo can startup using default/custom JShell script and users can append any JShell command-line options to the startup command

Booting Up JShell Accumulo

1) Open up a terminal and navigate to Accumulo’s installation directory

2) To startup JShell with default script use this command:

$ bin/accumulo jshell 

3) To startup JShell with custom script use this command:

$ bin/accumulo jshell --startup file/path/to/custom_script.jsh

Note: One can execute the jshell command to startup JShell. However, doing so will require manually importing the CLASSPATH and the configured environment from conf/accumulo-env.sh and manually specifying the startup file for conf/jshell-init.jsh before any Accumulo tasks can be performed. Using one of the startup commands above will automate that process for convenience.

JShell Accumulo Default Script

The auto-generated jshell-init.jsh is a customizable file located in Accumulo’s installation conf/ directory. Inside, jshell-init.jsh contains Accumulo Java APIs formatted as import statements and AccumuloClient build implementation. On startup, the script automatically loads in the APIs and attempts to construct a client. Should additional APIs and/or code implementations be needed, simply append them to jshell-init.jsh. Alternatively, you can create a separate JShell script and specify the custom script’s file path on startup.

To construct an AccumuloClient, the provided conf/jshell-init.jsh script finds and uses accumulo-client.properties in Accumulo’s class path, and assigns the result to a variable called client.

If accumulo-client.properties is found, a similar result will be produced below:

Preparing JShell for Apache Accumulo 

Building Accumulo client using 'jar:file:/home/accumulo/lib/accumulo-client.jar!/accumulo-client.properties'

Use 'client' to interact with Accumulo

|  Welcome to JShell -- Version 11.0.10
|  For an introduction type: /help intro


If accumulo-client.properties is not found, an AccumuloClient will not auto-generate and will produce the following result below:

Preparing JShell for Apache Accumulo 

'accumulo-client.properties' was not found on the classpath

|  Welcome to JShell -- Version 11.0.10
|  For an introduction type: /help intro


JShell Accumulo Example

1) Booting up JShell Accumulo using default script

Preparing JShell for Apache Accumulo 

Building Accumulo client using 'file:/home/accumulo/conf/accumulo-client.properties'

Use 'client' to interact with Accumulo

|  Welcome to JShell -- Version 11.0.10
|  For an introduction type: /help intro


2) Providing JShell with an Accumulo task

  // Create a table called "GothamPD".

  // Create a Mutation object to hold all changes to a row in a table. 
  // Each row has a unique row ID.
  Mutation mutation = new Mutation("id0001");

  // Create key/value pairs for Batman. Put them in the "hero" family.
  mutation.put("hero", "alias", "Batman");
  mutation.put("hero", "name", "Bruce Wayne");
  mutation.put("hero", "wearsCape?", "true");

  // Create a BatchWriter to the GothamPD table and add your mutation to it. 
  // Try w/ resources will close for us.
  try (BatchWriter writer = client.createBatchWriter("GothamPD")) {
  // Read and print all rows of the "GothamPD" table. 
  // Try w/ resources will close for us.
  try (ScannerBase scan = client.createScanner("GothamPD", Authorizations.EMPTY)) {
    System.out.println("Gotham Police Department Persons of Interest:");
    // A Scanner is an extension of java.lang.Iterable so behaves just like one.
    scan.forEach((k, v) -> System.out.printf("Key : %-50s Value : %s\n", k, v));

Note: The fully-qualified class name for Accumulo Scanner or org.apache.accumulo.core.client.Scanner needs to be used due to conflicting issues with Java’s built-in java.util.Scanner. However, to shorten the Accumulo Scanner’s declaration, assign scan to ScannerBase type instead.

3) Executing the Accumulo task above outputs:

mutation ==> org.apache.accumulo.core.data.Mutation@1
Gotham Police Department Persons of Interest:
Key : id0001 hero:alias [] 1618926204602 false            Value : Batman
Key : id0001 hero:name [] 1618926204602 false             Value : Bruce Wayne
Key : id0001 hero:wearsCape? [] 1618926204602 false       Value : true


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