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From Jim Klucar <>
Subject Re: Shell setiter/setscaniter commands
Date Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:51:56 GMT

Using Java reflection, you could determine what interfaces the iterator
implements, and if it implements OptionDescriber, prompt for the options.

At the very least, a better error message should be produced, currently it
just throws a ClassCastException

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Billie J Rinaldi <
> wrote:

> On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 3:05:03 PM, "Jim Klucar" <>
> wrote:
> > Currently the
> >
> > requires that the iterator implement the OptionDescriber interface
> > (line
> > 128). This prevents using some useful iterators at the shell, for
> > instance
> > the DebugIterator. A nice way to learn how iterators work is to set
> > this
> > iterator, use "debug on" at the shell and start scanning different
> > ways.
> Iterators can also be configured manually in the shell using the config
> command.
> For example, you could set the debug iterator as follows:
> config -t tablename -s
> table.iterator.scan.debug=100,org.apache.accumulo.core.iterators.DebugIterator
> You can also set options/parameters for iterators that require them with
> further config commands.
> The issue with allowing setiter to configure iterators that do not
> implement OptionDescriber is that there is no way for the shell (or the
> user) to know if the iterators require options or not.  It would have to
> configure them without options, then the user would have to look at the
> code or documentation to determine the required options and set those
> manually with config.
> We could consider requiring that iterators implement default parameters
> that would be used whenever parameters are not specified.  Then any
> iterator could be configured with setiter.  However, it can be confusing
> for users if the default parameters are not obvious -- I had one user
> expect that removing the maxVersions parameter for the VersioningIterator
> would stop it from restricting the number of versions, when in fact the
> default for maxVersions is 1.
> Billie

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