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From "Hong Tang (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-5553) Change modifier of SequenceFile.CompressedBytes and SequenceFile.UncompressedBytes from private to public
Date Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:44:57 GMT

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Hong Tang commented on HADOOP-5553:

bq. Since SequenceFile provides a public methos nextRawValue(ValueBytes val), which accpets
a ValueBytes param. And also ValueBytes is a public interface. So it seems it allows users
to define their own ValueBytes implementations. But in nextRawValue(ValueBytes val), it casts
the passed param into either CompressedBytes and UnCompressedBytes. I do not think it makes
any sence.

I think the current interface is a good example of how to hide information through the use
of interface. The intention of this interface is to allow people to pass value bytes to an
outputstream when people do not need to examine the deserialized object. In the meantime,
it hides the implementation detail that it is implemented by eagerly reading bytes into a
byte array.

bq. Actually i am trying to skip some bytes of the value part of one record, and not lazy
load. Is there a possibility to allow SequenceFile to extend to support this?

That is a valid concern, but have you profiled your code that skipping bytes is indeed the
right place you want to optimize for? Have you tried the alternative of obtaining the serialized
value bytes through a ByteArrayOutputStream, and then do skipping from byte[]?

Finally, a different way of achieving this goal (accessing raw bytes in read-only fashion
without exposing implementation details) is to return an InputStream for the value bytes.
This is the approach taken by Hadoop-3315.

> Change modifier of SequenceFile.CompressedBytes and SequenceFile.UncompressedBytes from
private to public
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-5553
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-5553
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: He Yongqiang
>         Attachments: Hadoop-5553-2.patch, Hadoop-5553-3.patch, Hadoop-5553.patch
> SequenceFile.rawValue() provides the only interface to navigate the underlying bytes.
And with some little work on implementing a customized ValueBytes can avoid reading all bytes
into memory. Unfortunately, the current nextRawValue will cast the passing ValueBytes to either
private class CompressedBytes or private class UnCompressedBytes, this will disallow user
further extension.
> I can not see any reason that CompressedBytes and UnCompressedBytes should be set to
private. And since the ValueBytes is public and nextValue() casts it to either CompressedBytes
or UnCompressedBytes, i think it would be better if they are public.
> I am stuck now by this issue, really appracited if this got resolved as soon as possible.

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