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From Josh Wills <>
Subject Re: Reading Avro to GenericRecord
Date Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:04:36 GMT
Patch is here:

On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM, Josh Wills <> wrote:

> Of course. I wrote up a little patch that adds a method to to
> open the Avro file and pull out the schema and return a Source of
> GenericData.Record, but I had to roll to some meetings before I got a
> chance to test it. I'll post something later this evening ET.
>  On Jan 27, 2014 11:56 AM, "Magnus Runesson" <> wrote:
>>  Thanks for quick answer.
>> It is totally OK and reasonable to take one file in a directory and
>> assume all other has the same schema.
>> On 2014-01-27 18:27, Josh Wills wrote:
>> No, I haven't written a way to do that yet, and I feel bad about it-- a
>> Clouderan asked me for just such a feature a couple of weeks ago and it
>> slipped my mind. I don't think it's hard to do, just a little tedious and
>> will require refreshing my memory of the Avro APIs. There's also the
>> potential issue that multiple Avro files in the same input directory can
>> have different schemas, so the one we would end up reading might be
>> somewhat arbitrary (e.g., based on the timestamp of the files in the
>> directory, or some such thing)-- is that ok?
>> On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM, Magnus Runesson <>wrote:
>>> Can I in (s)crunch read an Avro-file to GenericRecord without provide
>>> the schema? I want crunch to get the schema from the avro-file it reads.
>>> How do I do it?
>>> /Magnus

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