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From "Joydeep Sen Sarma (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4065) support for reading binary data from flat files
Date Fri, 19 Sep 2008 06:00:44 GMT

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Joydeep Sen Sarma commented on HADOOP-4065:

yes - given that this has no dependency on core hadoop now - i really don't care - we can
put this into Hive. The generic ThriftDeserializer is trivial - we could duplicate the code
for now and then remove it once 3787 provides those classes as well.

btw - we also don't store data in this manner. agree with all your observations. however 
- this requested originated from outside Hive/Facebook. I get the impression (perhaps wrong)
that quite a few people just dump thrift logs into a flat file (just like people dump apache
logs into a flat file). This is also because Thrift does not have (so far) a good framed file
- the same counter argument can be made for TextFileInputFormat. The general observation is
that data originates outside the hadoop ecosystem and the general format it originates in
is flat files. We should strive the easiest way to absorb this data and transform it into
a better one (like Sequencefile). 

That is the general effort with Hive at least. We expect users to create temporary tables
by pointing to flat files. And then quickly do some transformations (using sql and potentially
scripts) and load it into tables in sequencefile (like) format (for longer term storage).
 Being able to point to thrift flat files(and potentially other binary files)  is part of
the data integration story.

> Furthermore, since the types have to be configured, you can't use multiple ones in different

not sure what u mean - but this is not true. the deserializer is obtained from a combination
of file name and file name->deserializer metadata from an external source. Different files
can be read using different deserializers and then operated on in the same map-reduce program
(the application logic has logic to deal with different classes based on the file name). 
we will only be too happy to demonstrate a join of two different thrift classes (in different
files/tables) using Hive and a generic flat file reader like this.

> support for reading binary data from flat files
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-4065
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-4065
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: mapred
>            Reporter: Joydeep Sen Sarma
>         Attachments: FlatFileReader.java, HADOOP-4065.0.txt, HADOOP-4065.1.txt, HADOOP-4065.1.txt,
> like textinputformat - looking for a concrete implementation to read binary records from
a flat file (that may be compressed).
> it's assumed that hadoop can't split such a file. so the inputformat can set splittable
to false.
> tricky aspects are:
> - how to know what class the file contains (has to be in a configuration somewhere).
> - how to determine EOF (would be nice if hadoop can determine EOF and not have the deserializer
throw an exception  (which is hard to distinguish from a exception due to corruptions?)).
this is easy for non-compressed streams - for compressed streams - DecompressorStream has
a useful looking getAvailable() call - except the class is marked package private.

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