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From Keith Turner <>
Subject Re: how to use CountingIterator to count records?
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:56:11 GMT
The counting Iterator is not intended for end users.  Its used
internally to count how many key values major compactions read.  We
documented this better in 1.4 by putting it in a iterators.system

You could write a wrapping iterator that does this counting.  It wold
count until its source iterator had not more values.  Then it would
return the last key from the source with a count.  Its important that
you return the last key for the continuance case.   After you write
this iterator you can follow Bills advice to pull everything together
on the client side.


On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM, William Slacum <> wrote:
> You're kind of there. Essentially, you can think of your Scanner's
> interactions with the TServers as a tree with a height of two. Your
> Scanner is the "root" and its children are all of the TServers it
> needs to interact with. Essentially, the operation you'd want to is
> sum the number of records each of the children have.
> In Accumulo terms, you can use something like a CountingIterator to
> count the number of results on each TServer. You can then sum all of
> those intermediate results to get a total count of results.
> On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM, Hunter Provyn <> wrote:
>> I want to know the number of records a scanner has without actually getting
>> the records from cloudbase.
>> I've been looking at CountingIterator (1.3.4), which has a getCount()
>> method.  However, I don't know how
>> to access the instance to call getCount() on it because Cloudbase server
>> just passes back the entries and doesn't expose the instance of the
>> iterator.
>> It is possible to use an AggregatingIterator to aggregate all entries into a
>> single entry whose value is the number of entries.  But I was wondering if
>> there was a better way that possibly makes use of the CountingIterator
>> class.

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