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From "Brandon Williams (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-3628) Make Pig/CassandraStorage delete functionality disabled by default and configurable
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 23:21:30 GMT

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Brandon Williams commented on CASSANDRA-3628:
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If we're going to flip a default and potentially break behavior people are depending on, then
let's push this to 1.1 and add a note for them in NEWS.  For a point release we can add the
safety switch, but leave the default.
                
> Make Pig/CassandraStorage delete functionality disabled by default and configurable
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-3628
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-3628
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Task
>            Reporter: Jeremy Hanna
>            Assignee: Jeremy Hanna
>              Labels: pig
>             Fix For: 1.0.7, 1.1
>
>         Attachments: 3628.txt
>
>
> Right now, there is a way to delete column with the CassandraStorage loadstorefunc. 
In practice it is a bad idea to have that enabled by default.  A scenario: do an outer join
and you don't have a value for something and then you write out to cassandra all of the attributes
of that relation.  You've just inadvertently deleted a column for all the rows that didn't
have that value as a result of the outer join.  It can be argued that you want to be careful
with how you project after the join.  However, I would think disabling by default and having
a configurable property to enable it for the instances when you explicitly want to use it
is the right plan.
> Fwiw, we had a bug in one of our scripts that did exactly as described above.  It's good
to fix the bug.  It's bad to implicitly delete data.

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