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From Israel Ekpo <isr...@aicer.org>
Subject Re: Best way for a newbie to learn flume
Date Sun, 07 Apr 2013 20:28:21 GMT

Excellent questions.

You asked "what problem Flume is trying to solve?".

It think the more appropriate question is what problem you are trying to

This will go a long way in helping us understand which components of Flume
you may need and how you need to set it up.

Are you using Flume as part of your job or personal hubby? Are you using
Flume for a course at school or part of an academic project?

Going back to your original question, in the simplest terms, and for most
use cases, Flume is a system designed for collecting and transporting large
amounts of data and events from one or more sources and then aggregating
the collected data in a centralized data store or for onward propagation to
subsequent sources.

You can use it for aggregating data from log files, network traffic, click
streams, twitter and any other source that can generate events.

Spend more time to review the user guide and you will find a lot of
information and answers to prospective questions.


To install flume you will need to set up Java 1.6 and then make sure that
it is available in your PATH and then download the latest version of Flume
and decompress the tarball or zip file.

You will need to set up the configuration file(s) for the agents based on
the sources, channels and sinks you choose to use.

I would recommend that you go ahead and get started with setting it up and
let us know if you run into any issues.

If you can share which use case and what problem you are trying to solve,
someone can point you in the right direction.

On 7 April 2013 14:45, Sandeep Baldawa <sandeepbaldawa@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am a new user for flume and was wondering what was the best way to learn
> about flume from a user's perspective.
> I am interested more in getting answers for the following questions
> - What problem is flume trying to solve.
> - How to install flume in the most simple way to understand the concepts.
> - Am trying to follow http://flume.apache.org/FlumeUserGuide.html# and am
> not sure if I can find a quick start guide here, can someone point me to
> the correct link if possible.
> Thanks,
> Sandeep

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