That generally means that the process that is running the task, crashed.
The actual map/reduce task is run in a separate jvm by the task tracker, and
that JVM is exiting abnormally.
This used to happen to my jobs quite a bit when they were using a buggy
native library via jni.

If you are trying to use the colorspace transforms via the java imaging
APIs, it is not thread safe (at least through 1.6.10 under linux).

There may be additional information available in the per task logs.

2009/8/3 Mathias De Maré <mathias.demare@gmail.com>
I'm getting a rather cryptic error while running a Map job with
MultithreadedMapper (no idea if it has anything to do with the
It only occurs sometimes, occurs at different times during the Map
(sometimes at the start, sometimes at a random location), and it doesn't
really give any information.

Task Id : attempt_200908031207_0009_m_000000_0, Status : FAILED
java.io.IOException: Task process exit with nonzero status of 255.
at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.TaskRunner.run(TaskRunner.java:418)

I'm a bit at a loss. The only results I'm finding from Google are a few
other people who have had the same problem, but nobody with a solution.

Mathias De Maré

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