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Debugging Spark

Using spark-shell and IntelliJ IDEA

Start spark-shell with SPARK_SUBMIT_OPTS environment variable that configures the JVM's JDWP.

SPARK_SUBMIT_OPTS="-agentlib:jdwp=transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=5005" ./bin/spark-shell

Attach IntelliJ IDEA to the JVM process using Run > Attach to Local Process menu.

Using sbt

Use sbt -jvm-debug 5005, connect to the remote JVM at the port 5005 using IntelliJ IDEA, place breakpoints on the desired lines of the source code of Spark.

$ sbt -jvm-debug 5005
Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 5005

Run Spark context and the breakpoints get triggered.

scala> val sc = new SparkContext(conf)
15/11/14 22:58:46 INFO SparkContext: Running Spark version 1.6.0-SNAPSHOT


Read Debugging chapter in IntelliJ IDEA's Help.