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From William Slacum <>
Subject Re: Iterators and seeking the middle of a row
Date Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:38:56 GMT
Another thing to keep in mind is that the documentation is actually meant
to enforce the notion that, between returning keys, your iterator could be
destroyed and reconstituted. If an iterator is originally given a range,
("a", "c"), and it returns a key "b", the system *may* deconstruct the
iterator stack and at a later time, reinitialize it with the range ("b",
"c"), since "b" was the last place your iterator stack was known to be at.

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM, William Slacum <> wrote:

> Remember that the range given to an iterator is, at some point in time,
> user set. If a client only wants to scan between keys K1 and K2, and each
> occur in the same row, then the iterator should not be considering data
> that is outside of the range supplied to it. Someone can correct me if I'm
> wrong, but I also believe that if a client received a key outside of the
> original scan range, then that was considered a termination condition and
> the scan would stop.
> Let's say I have a flat record structure for people, where the row is the
> name of the person, the column family is some attribute about them, and the
> column qualifier is the value for that attribute. Here's a record for Bob:
> Bob eyes: blue
> Bob hair: brown
> Bob height: tall
> Bob pants: brown
> Bob shirt: white
> Bob tie: blue
> If you were searching for all attributes that were 'brown', you could do a
> look up using the range `new Range("Bob", "Bob")`. Your iterator would be
> able to see all of Bob and return to the user his hair and pants color.
> However, you could just as easily perform your look up with `new Range(new
> Key("Bob", "height"), new Key("Bob", "z"))`*. Your iterator would then be
> allowed to look at a subset of Bob, starting at his height and continuing
> until the end of his record.
> * I used "z" because it sorts lexicographically after the other attributes.
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM, Keith Turner <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Cardon, Tejay E
>> <> wrote:
>> > The javadoc for states:
>> >
>> > “Iterators that examine groups of adjacent key/value pairs (e.g. rows)
>> to
>> > determine their top key and value should be sure that they properly
>> handle a
>> > seek to a key in the middle of such a group (e.g. the middle of a row).
>> Even
>> > if the client always seeks to a range containing an entire group (a,c),
>> the
>> > tablet server could send back a batch of entries corresponding to (a,b],
>> > then reseek the iterator to range (b,c) when the scan is continued.”
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > However, it gives no indication of what proper handling is.  What
>> should an
>> > iterator that considers and entire row do in this case?  Does it simply
>> > ignore the row?  Attempt to seek its source iterator to the full row of
>> the
>> > first range?  I’m struggling to understand the best approach here
>> org.apache.accumulo.core.iterators.user.RowFilter does what you
>> suggested.  It seeks to the beggining of a row if the range starts in
>> the middle of the row.  Look at the javadoc for the row filter, it
>> discusses the seeking behavior.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > In my specific case, if it matters, I’m largely looking for
>> ColumnQualifiers
>> > which exist in all Column Families in a given set (intersecting
>> iterator,
>> > sortof).
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > Tejay

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