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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MAPREDUCE-2520) InputSampler.RandomSampler only accepts Text keys
Date Thu, 19 May 2011 22:33:47 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on MAPREDUCE-2520:
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My guess is that someone at your organization has applied a local patch - that code doesn't
appear anywhere in any version of InputSampler I'm aware of (the cloudera release you're referring
to is primarily made up of patches backported from the Apache trunk)

> InputSampler.RandomSampler only accepts Text keys
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-2520
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-2520
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: William McNeill
>            Priority: Minor
>
> I want to do a total sort on some data whose key type is Writable but not Text.  I wrote
an InputSampler.RandomSampler object following the example in the "Total Sort" section of
Hadoop: The Definitive Guide.  When I call InputSampler.writePartitionFile() I get a runtime
class cast exception because my key type cannot be cast to Text.  Specifically the issue seems
to be the following section of InputSampler.getSample():
>     K key = reader.getCurrentKey();
>     ....
>     Text keyCopy = WritableUtils.<Text>clone((Text)key, job.getConfiguration());
> You can only use a RandomSampler on data with Text keys despite the fact that InputSampler
takes <Key, Value> generic parameters.
> InputSampler.getSample() should be changed to cast the key to type K instead of type
Text.

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