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From "Johan Oskarsson (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HIVE-142) Create a metastore check command
Date Tue, 09 Dec 2008 11:52:44 GMT
Create a metastore check command

                 Key: HIVE-142
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-142
             Project: Hadoop Hive
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Metastore
    Affects Versions: 0.19.0
            Reporter: Johan Oskarsson
             Fix For: 0.19.0

We need a command to verify that the information in the metastore reflects the data that is
on hdfs. For example partitions can be deleted on hdfs but still be in the metastore.

>From Joydeep Sen Sarma, see ticket HIVE-126 for the full comment:
for a command line interface - one might want to check the entire database or just a table
or even just one partition. other metadata checks will also be added over time (for example
- do the file types on disk agree with metadata records, bucketing information etc). So, here's
a strawman proposal for a new command:

alter table <DB>[.TABLE [PARTITION-SPEC]] check [TYPE-LIST]

where TYPE by default is 'all' (check for all kinds of errors), but can be specified to a
specific type. For example - in this case - we can have a type called 'partitions' (and then
over time we can add other types like 'fileformat' etc.). for v1 - we can just drop the type-list

the check command can produce a list of things that need to be done to fix the format (like
adding any directories not in the metastore - but in hdfs - to the metastore). actually performing
of such steps would require a user confirmation (y/n).

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