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From Ruslan Al-Fakikh <metarus...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Avro file size is too big
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:53:59 GMT
Hi Russell,

I am not aware what flushing is. I am creating Avro files from Pig and
from Hive (and having basically the same results).
I've already saw that post, but my question differs. That guy had
40G of raw text, then after he RESOLVED his problem he got 4.5G of
Avro with deflate codec. So now he has 8.8X compression.
My results are even better from the beginning.
I have 27G of raw text, then I have 2.2G of Avro with deflate codec
(deflate level 9), so my compression is 12X
But my question is why gzip files and sequence files (with the default
codec) are 0.72 smaller than Avro files with deflate level 9?


On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:58 AM, Russell Jurney <russell.jurney@gmail.com> wrote:
> This thread looks useful. Are you flushing too often?
> http://apache-avro.679487.n3.nabble.com/avro-compression-using-snappy-and-deflate-td3870167.html
> Russell Jurney http://datasyndrome.com
> On Jul 4, 2012, at 6:33 AM, Ruslan Al-Fakikh <metaruslan@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> In my organization currently we are evaluating Avro as a format. Our
>> concern is file size. I've done some comparisons of a piece of our
>> data.
>> Say we have sequence files, compressed. The payload (values) are just
>> lines. As far as I know we use line number as keys and we use the
>> default codec for compression inside sequence files. The size is 1.6G,
>> when I put it to avro with deflate codec with deflate level 9 it
>> becomes 2.2G.
>> This is interesting, because the values in seq files are just string,
>> but Avro has a normal schema with primitive types. And those are kept
>> binary. Shouldn't Avro be less in size?
>> Also I took another dataset which is 28G (gzip files, plain
>> tab-delimited text, don't know what is the deflate level) and put it
>> to Avro and it became 38G
>> Why Avro is so big in size? Am I missing some size optimization?
>> Thanks in advance!

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