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From Josh Wills <>
Subject Re: I would like to contribute a new FileSource
Date Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:50:51 GMT
Hey Mac,

FWIW, I would be very happy to have it in the project and would be glad for
the contribution.


On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM, Champion,Mac <>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Late last year, my team decided to change the way we processed large CSV
> files. Up until then, we had been parsing them locally, sending the avros
> to hdfs and processing them from there with crunch. This was irritating
> and limiting in a few ways, so we decided to stop processing locally and
> do the parsing/loading entirely in crunch. Everything went well using
> TextFileSource until we ran into one of our files which contained a CSV
> record with multiple lines in one field.
> Here's a possible example of a record spanning multiple lines:
>  "Champion, Mac","1234 Hoth St.
>         Apartment 101
>         Atlanta, GA
>         64086","30","M","5/28/2010 12:00:00 AM","Just some guy"
> To deal with this, I wrote a CSVInputFormat and CSVRecordReader that can
> intelligently split and parse CSV files while maintaining the integrity of
> each record. This works great, but using it a little messy.
>  We have to read from the files like this:
>  final PTable<Long, String> csvFile =
> CSVInputFormat.class, Writables.longs(), Writables.strings())));
>  What I propose is that we extend FileSourceImpl in a way similar to
> NLineFileSource and/or TextFileSource and submit the extension and its CSV
> parsing logic as a patch to Crunch. Is this a valid idea for a new JIRA?
> Would other users of Crunch find this ability to reliably parse out CSV
> Records valuable? If so, I would like to log a JIRA and begin working on
> it in the very near future.
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