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From "stack (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (HBASE-487) Replace hql w/ a hbase-friendly jirb or jython shell
Date Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:24 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-487?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

stack updated HBASE-487:

    Attachment: groovy.patch

Patch to get groovy into hbase.  Currently type "./bin/hbase groovy" to make it work.

Jars to include are about 2.7M

Can use the groovy config. to preload the shell w/ hbase helper scripts and methods

Should do our own shell Main so we use later commons-cli, the one we include... that'd cut
down on having to import one more jar and so we don't show 'inspect' in as a help option (I'm
running groovy headless -- but maybe we want AWT and being able to inspect objects to see
what their API, etc.)?

Here is sample:

durruti:~/Documents/checkouts/hbase/trunk stack$ ./bin/hbase groovy
Groovy Shell (1.5.4, JVM: 1.5.0_13-121)
Type 'help' or '\h' for help.
groovy:000> help

For information about Groovy, visit:

Available commands:
  help     (\h) Display this help message
  ?        (\?) Alias to: help
  exit     (\x) Exit the shell
  quit     (\q) Alias to: exit
  import   (\i) Import a class into the namespace
  display  (\d) Display the current buffer
  clear    (\c) Clear the buffer
  show     (\S) Show variables, classes or imports
  inspect  (\n) Inspect a variable or the last result with the GUI object browser
  purge    (\p) Purge variables, classes, imports or preferences
  edit     (\e) Edit the current buffer
  load     (\l) Load a file or URL into the buffer
  .        (\.) Alias to: load
  save     (\s) Save the current buffer to a file
  record   (\r) Record the current session to a file
  history  (\H) Display, manage and recall edit-line history
  alias    (\a) Create an alias
  set      (\=) Set (or list) preferences

For help on a specific command type:
    help command 

groovy:000> import org.apache.hadoop.hbase.client.HTable
groovy:000> import org.apache.hadoop.hbase.HBaseConfiguration
groovy:000> c = new HBaseConfiguration() 

> Replace hql w/ a hbase-friendly jirb or jython shell
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-487
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-487
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: stack
>            Assignee: stack
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: groovy.patch
> The hbase shell is a useful admin and debugging tool but it has a couple of downsides.
 To extend, a fragile parser definition needs tinkering-with and new java classes must be
added.  The current test suite for hql is lacking coverage and the current code could do with
a rewrite having evolved piecemeal.  Another downside is that the presence of an HQL interpreter
gives the mis-impression that hbase is like a SQL database.
> This 'wish' issue suggests that we jettison HQL and instead offer users a jirb or jython
command line.  We'd ship with some scripts and jruby/jython classes that we'd source on startup
to do things like import base client classes -- so folks wouldn't have to remember all the
packages stuff sat in -- and added a pretty-print for scanners and getters outputting text,
xhtml or binary.  They would also make it easy to do HQL-things in jruby/python script.
> Advantages: Already-written parser with no need of extension probing deeper into hbase:
i.e. better for debugging than HQL could ever be.  Easy extension adding scripts/modules rather
than java code.  Less likely hbase could be confused for a SQL db.
> Downsides: Probably more verbose.  Requires ruby or python knowledge ("Everyone knows
some sql").  Big? (jruby lib is 24M).
> I was going to write security as downside but HQL suffers this at the moment too -- though
it has been possible to sort the updates from the selects in the UI to prevent modification
of the db from the UI, something that would be hard to do in a jruby/jython parser.
> What do others think?

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