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From Jeff Hammerbacher <ham...@cloudera.com>
Subject Using file object containers from Python
Date Tue, 20 Oct 2009 10:25:29 GMT

So I've been playing with Avro the past few days through the Python bindings
(thanks, Sharad!). I was able to get serialization and deserialization
working in a reasonably hacky fashion when a file is only opened and written
once (see

When I tried to serialize data to a file, close the file, and then open it
up again, serialize another value, and close again, I am no longer able to
read it back successfully (see
I realize that the metadata gets written in the footer, and i tried to play
around with sync() and seek() calls, but I wasn't able to figure out the
correct mechanism.

So: what's the proper way to crack open an existing file object container
and append some additional values? I'd particularly appreciate a
demonstration in Python.


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