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From "Scott Carey (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-997) Union of enum and null cannot be serialized
Date Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:29:03 GMT

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Scott Carey commented on AVRO-997:
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Without looking at this in depth:

Why is it not a good idea to let the Generic API use a String or Java Enum?  It would not
break compatibility.  What is the downside of expanding what GenericDatumWriter can handle
for Enums?

                
> Union of enum and null cannot be serialized
> -------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-997
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-997
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.5.1
>            Reporter: Aaron Kimball
>            Assignee: Sean Busbey
>             Fix For: 1.8.0
>
>         Attachments: AVRO-997.patch, AVRO-997.patch
>
>
> I have a schema like:
> {code}
> [
> {
>   "type": "enum",
>   "name": "Gender",
>   "symbols": ["M", "F"]
> },
> {
>   "type" : "record",
>   "name" : "Foo",
>   "fields" : [
>     { "type" : ["Gender", "null"], "name" : "gender" },
>     ...
>   ]
> }
> ]
> {code}
> I build a record like {{Foo foo = new Foo(); foo.gender = Gender.M;}}
> When I go to serialize this, I get:
> {code}Not in union [{"type":"enum","name":"Gender","symbols":["M","F"]},"null"]: M
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericData.resolveUnion(GenericData.java:482)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumWriter.write(GenericDatumWriter.java:70)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumWriter.writeRecord(GenericDatumWriter.java:104)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumWriter.write(GenericDatumWriter.java:65)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumWriter.write(GenericDatumWriter.java:57)
> {code}

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