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From "Ben Standefer (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CASSANDRA-912) First-class commandline interface
Date Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:15:27 GMT


Ben Standefer commented on CASSANDRA-912:

I've been using the Python interactive shell + pycassa as a mock cassandra-cli.  Is this along
the lines of the Cassandra-remote on steroids idea?  Basically an excellent implementation
of the Thrift/Cassandra API in an interactive interface?

> First-class commandline interface
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-912
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Tools
>    Affects Versions: 0.6
>            Reporter: Eric Evans
> While a useful tool for education and simple tests, cassandra-cli is ultimately limted
by the fact that column names and values are binary, (and eventually keys will be as well,
see CASSANDRA-767). 
> The current approach when writing consists of encoding column names as UTF8, and passing
the value as a byte[] of the String parsed from the command. When performing a read, the column
names outputted are the result of the toString() method of the comparator (the result of which
is not always meaningful), and values are again treated as raw strings. This is almost certainly
broken anywhere that the CF comparator is not UTF8Type and values are anything but strings.
> One possible approach would be to follow HBase's lead and simply allow binary values
to be encoded as strings (see:

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