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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Redundant (?) lengths in SequenceFile
Date Mon, 19 Jun 2006 17:35:34 GMT
Paul Sutter wrote:
> Is there a reason for the key and record length included in the 
> SequenceFile
> format?

This permits code to process entries without parsing them, an important 
optimization.  For example, when seeking a MapFile, keys are parsed but 
not values.  When sorting, if a comparator is defined that can compare 
raw binary data, then even keys are not parsed.

Doug

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