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From "Carl Yeksigian (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (CASSANDRA-12443) Remove alter type support
Date Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:04:58 GMT

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Carl Yeksigian updated CASSANDRA-12443:
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    Status: Open  (was: Patch Available)

Going to cancel this patch since there are some errors after a cleaner test run, and I want
to look to ensure they aren't related to this.

> Remove alter type support
> -------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-12443
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-12443
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Carl Yeksigian
>            Assignee: Carl Yeksigian
>             Fix For: 3.0.x
>
>
> Currently, we allow altering of types. However, because we no longer store the length
for all types anymore, switching from a fixed-width to variable-width type causes issues.
commitlog playback breaking startup, queries currently in flight getting back bad results,
and special casing required to handle the changes. In addition, this would solve CASSANDRA-10309,
as there is no possibility of the types changing while an SSTableReader is open.
> For fixed-length, compatible types, the alter also doesn't add much over a cast, so users
could use that in order to retrieve the altered type.



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