Make sure you bounce your cluster too (or at a minimun the region server hosting the SYSTEM.CATALOG), as you must be picking up the server cached table.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Justin Workman <justinjworkman@gmail.com> wrote:
All, 

I had to drop both the SYSTEM.CATALOG and SYSTEM.SEQUENCE tables from hbase do to what appeared to be corruption with these two tables. 

I expected that they would be recreated when I first reconnected with sqlline, but they are not. I do see in the Hbase master logs that the create table statement for SYSTEM.CATALOG should be executed, and I do not see any errors around the create statement in the logs, however the table is never created.

Any pointers on how to get these two tables recreated?

Thanks
Justin