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From "Joey Echeverria" <j...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: Why Avro file format is larger than CSV?
Date Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:21:10 GMT
What is the schema for the data?

If every field is a string, then you could end up in this situation. Your best bet is to use
compression for the Avro data. 

If you have a lot of CSV files that you want to convert to compressed Avro, there are some
command line tools in the Kite SDK[1] that might help. 

Check out this example:



[1] http://kitesdk.org/docs/current/
Joey Echeverria

On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:31 AM, diplomatic Guru <diplomaticguru@gmail.com>

> I've been experimenting with MapReduce job using CSV and avro format. What
> I find it strange is that Avro format is larger than CSV.
> For example, I exported some data in CSV, which is about 1.6GB. I then
> wrote a schema and a MapReduce job to take that CSV and serialize and write
> the output back to HDFS.
> When I checked the file size of the output, it was 2.4GB. I assumed that
> the size would be smaller because it convert the data into binary but I was
> wrong. Do you know what the reason is and refer me to some documentation on
> this?
> I've checked the .avro file and I could see that header contains the schema
> and the rest are data blocks.
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