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From David Medinets <>
Subject Adding a tee command to Accumulo Shell
Date Sun, 12 May 2013 15:48:47 GMT
An afternoon project. There are hacks involved. Do not use in production!

Some of the iterators that I've been writing are designed to create a
problem-oriented dataset; a limited view into the larger dataset.  Once the
iterators are put into place in the shell, there isn't a way to easily
materialize that sub-set of the data. I'm not even sure it makes sense to
materialize it, but it was interesting to experiment with the code.

Because this project was so specific to my whim, I don't feel it's right to
add to the official code base.

My first step was an update to the file. I added "new
TeeCommand()" to the external[] Command array. Then I added a private
String attribute called 'teeTableName".  The last change was to the
printRecords method. This change was a hack.

Formatter formatter = FormatterFactory.getFormatter(formatterClass,
scanner, printTimestamps);
if (formatter instanceof TeeFormatter) {

The TeeCommand class is fairly simple. The only interesting part of the
execute() method. You'll note that the teeTable can't be the same as the
current table in the shell. And it is automatically created if it does not
exist. Another point to note is that the formatter for the current table is
changed *globally*. Another hack. And a dangerous one. I don't see a
cleaner way to assign the formatter with larger changes to the Shell class.

    public int execute(String fullCommand, CommandLine cl, Shell
shellState) throws AccumuloException, AccumuloSecurityException,
TableNotFoundException, TableExistsException {
        String tableName = cl.getArgs()[0];
        String currentTableName = shellState.getTableName();
        if (currentTableName.equals(tableName)) {
            throw new RuntimeException("You can't tee to the current
        if (!shellState.getConnector().tableOperations().exists(tableName))

        String subcommand = cl.getArgs()[1];
        if ("on".equals(subcommand)) {

Property.TABLE_FORMATTER_CLASS.toString(), TeeFormatter.class.getName());

        } else if ("off".equals(subcommand)) {


        return 0;

The last change was to develop the TeeFormatter class. It's a copy of the
DefaultFormatter except for the addition of a copyEntry method which
inefficient in the extreme because it opens a BatchWriter for *every* row
in the scan. I'll leave it to the reader to develop a more efficient
approach. Note that I choose random number for the createBatchWriter call.
More hackery!

  private void copyEntry(Entry<Key,Value> entry) {
      BatchWriter wr = null;
      try {
          wr = connector.createBatchWriter(teeTableName, 10000000, 10000,
          Key key = entry.getKey();
          Value value = entry.getValue();
          Mutation m = new Mutation(key.getRow());
          m.put(key.getColumnFamily(), key.getColumnQualifier(), new
ColumnVisibility(key.getColumnVisibility().toString()), key.getTimestamp(),
      } catch (TableNotFoundException e) {
          throw new RuntimeException("Unable to find table " +
teeTableName, e);
      } catch (MutationsRejectedException e) {
          throw new RuntimeException("Mutation rejected while copying entry
to tee table.", e);
      } finally {
          if (wr != null) {
              try {
              } catch (MutationsRejectedException e) {
          throw new RuntimeException("Mutation rejected while closng writer
to tee table.", e);

I did not include the whole solution in this email because of length,
hackery, and criminal inefficiency. However, if you want this tee command
the clues above should let you write your own.

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