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From "Jeremy Hanna (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CASSANDRA-912) First-class commandline interface
Date Fri, 21 May 2010 20:44:17 GMT


Jeremy Hanna commented on CASSANDRA-912:

maybe one of the cassandra clients could be made into a contrib module and include a nice
way to use it as a shell...  perhaps one that several regular committers/contributors that
one of the committers is adequately familiar with so that it doesn't become stale on the cassandra

> 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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