In previously working with Hadoop 2.6.5, at that time due to opensource licensing constraints between the Apache License 1.1 and the BSD Licenses certain compression libraries were not able to be included in Hadoop. You had to install the development libraries and compile the native extensions yourself for the 2.6.5 version.

The process was quite straightforward and I was able to do it on multiple occasions.

In transitioning to the 2.8.5 version a quick run of the hadoop checknative -a command gives this pleasent output (and relieves me of having to compile the native modules).

vagrant@itmd521:~$ hadoop checknative -a
19/01/12 22:48:41 INFO bzip2.Bzip2Factory: Successfully loaded & initialized native-bzip2 library system-native
19/01/12 22:48:41 INFO zlib.ZlibFactory: Successfully loaded & initialized native-zlib library
Native library checking:
hadoop:  true /home/vagrant/hadoop-2.8.5/lib/native/
zlib:    true /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
snappy:  true /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
lz4:     true revision:10301
bzip2:   true /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
openssl: false EVP_CIPHER_CTX_cleanup

Now the last piece is to understand the last error message but he openssl error. Since I am not using any openssl encryption features I can ignore this for now, but I am curious as to what it means.