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From "Camp, Roy" <rc...@ebay.com>
Subject RE: Using Python and Flume to store avro data
Date Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:52:05 GMT
We use thrift to send from Python, PHP & Java.  Unfortunately with Flume-NG you must use
the legacyThrift source which works well but does not handle a confirmation/ack back to the
app.  We have found that failures usually result in connection exception thus allowing us
to reconnect and retry so we have virtually no data loss. Everything downstream from that
localhost Flume instance (after written to the file channel) is E2E safe. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Juhani Connolly [mailto:juhani_connolly@cyberagent.co.jp] 
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:46 PM
To: user@flume.apache.org
Subject: Re: Using Python and Flume to store avro data

Hi Bart,

we send data  from python to the scribe source and it works fine. We had everything set up
in scribe before which made the switchover simple. If you don't mind the extra overhead of
http, go for that, but if you want to keep things to a minimum, using the scribe source can
be viable.

You can't send data to avro because the python support in avro is missing the appropriate
encoder(I can't remember what it was, I'd have to check over the code again)

On 11/09/2012 03:45 AM, Bart Verwilst wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been spending quite a few hours trying to push avro data to Flume 
> so i can store it on HDFS, this all with Python.
> It seems like something that is impossible for now, since the only way 
> to push avro data to Flume is by the use of deprecated thrift binding 
> that look pretty cumbersome to get working.
> I would like to know what's the best way to import avro data into 
> Flume with Python? Maybe Flume isnt the right tool and I should use 
> something else? My goal is to have multiple python workers pushing 
> data to HDFS which ( by means of Flume in this case ) consolidates 
> this all in 1 file there.
> Any thoughts?
> Thanks!
> Bart

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