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From "Runping Qi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-732) SequenceFile's header should allow to store metadata in the form of key/value pairs
Date Tue, 21 Nov 2006 22:44:03 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-732?page=comments#action_12451802 ] 
            
Runping Qi commented on HADOOP-732:
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Strings sgould be fine.


> SequenceFile's header should allow to store metadata in the form of key/value pairs
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-732
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-732
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Runping Qi
>
> The sequence file currently stores a fixed list of metadata attributes, such as key/value
class names, 
> compression method, etc.  To make sequence file more self descriptable, it should allow
to store a list of key/value pairs.  One particular attribute of interest is to indicate whether
the key/value classes are actually hadoop record classes, 
> if so, store the DDls for the records. This way, we may create tools to extract DDl from
a sequence file and 
> then generate necessary classes. It also make it possible to provide an interpretive
version of Hadoop record. 
> This way, even in the situation where Hadoop or the application does not have the necessary
classes, 
> a sequence file of Hadoop records can be read and deserialized "interpretively".

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