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From Billie Rinaldi <>
Subject Re: I read this was possible but how?
Date Tue, 13 May 2014 15:14:02 GMT
See the "Combiners" section of the user manual:

It does not require a compaction if the combiner is configured on all
scopes; the summing will happen on the fly at scan time until it is
persisted in a compaction.  You can read more about scopes earlier in the
same section of the manual:

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 7:02 AM, Geoffry Roberts <>wrote:

> I need to update a value, a numeric value, in Accumulo where the result is
> the sum of the old and the new as opposed to the new simply replacing the
> old.
> I read in a white paper that it is possible but it didn't say how.  I
> Googled and found a bit about Accumulo keeping a history that could be
> summed.  Yes, I knew about the history so I suppose that might work.  But
> it apparently requires compaction.  Really! At first blush, this doesn't
> sound like such a solid solution.
> My question is, Is this summing-of-the-history the way to achieve my
> desired result or is there a better way?  Either way, how do you do that?
> Thanks
> --
> There are ways and there are ways,
> Geoffry Roberts

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