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You can set the permissions on the release directory by using a bootstrap action to modify the
mapreduce.jobtracker.system.dir.permission configuration variable. This is useful if you are running
a custom configuration in which users other than "hadoop user" submit jobs to Hadoop.
Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) added this configuration variable to Hadoop in AMI 2.0.5, and it is available in AMI versions 2.0.5 and later. For more information about AMI versions, see Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI).
To set permissions on the system directory
Specify a bootstrap action that sets the permissions for the directory using numerical permissions codes (octal notation). The following example bootstrap action, with a permissions code of 777, gives full permissions to the user, group, and world. For more information about octal notation, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_system_permissions#Octal_notation.
s3://elasticmapreduce/bootstrap-actions/configure-hadoop \ --args "-s,mapreduce.jobtracker.system.dir.permission=