When I run the drop database command within impala it doesn't remove the corresponding HDFS files.
drop database if exists databasename cascade;
I want to drop a database and remove the corresponding hdfs files.
Per the documentaion -
DROP DATABASE Statement
Removes a database from the system.
The physical operations involve removing the metadata for the database from the metastore, and deleting the corresponding *.db directory from HDFS.
The cascade parameter drops the tables within the database first.
I'm running CDH 513.3 and CM 514.3.
I had the similar issue long back and below was my findings
Please check the owner of HDFS folder/files for the corresponding db that you are trying to delete. if you are the owner and trying to delete the table/db from hive/impala, it will delete both metadata and hdfs file/folder. Whereas you are not the owner of hdfs folder/file but got an access in hive/impala to manage data and trying to delete it, it will just delete the metadata but not the underlined folder/files from hdfs
pls try this with a sample db/table for more understanding