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From "Philip Zeyliger (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AVRO-160) file format should be friendly to streaming
Date Wed, 30 Dec 2009 22:43:29 GMT

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Philip Zeyliger commented on AVRO-160:
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+1!

> file format should be friendly to streaming
> -------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-160
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-160
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: spec
>            Reporter: Doug Cutting
>            Assignee: Doug Cutting
>         Attachments: AVRO-160-python.patch, AVRO-160.patch, AVRO-160.patch, AVRO-160.patch,
AVRO-160.patch
>
>
> It should be possible to stream through an Avro data file without seeking to the end.
> Currently the interpretation is that schemas written to the file apply to all entries
before them.  If this were changed so that they instead apply to all entries that follow,
and the initial schema is written at the start of the file, then streaming could be supported.
> Note that the only change permitted to a schema as a file is written is to, if it is
a union, to add new branches at the end of that union.  If it is not a union, no changes may
be made.  So it is still the case that the final schema in a file can read every entry in
the file and thus may be used to randomly access the file.

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