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From "Doug Meil (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HBASE-2005) 'Shell' suggestion - equivalent of 'truncate' for a table
Date Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:41:40 GMT
'Shell' suggestion - equivalent of 'truncate' for a table
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                 Key: HBASE-2005
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2005
             Project: Hadoop HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: scripts
    Affects Versions: 0.20.1
            Reporter: Doug Meil
            Priority: Minor


The hbase shell has 'delete' and 'deleteall' for deleting a cell/cells for a given row.

I don't see any equivalent of the RDBMS equivalent of 'truncate' that would delete all the
rows in a table, however (i.e., based on my understanding of the shell, 'deleteall' applies
horizontally, but not vertically).

At the very least, this could be useful for development purposes when you want to quickly
remove test data from a table.  

Nice to have - something like:

truncate mytable    (no column families specified...  so it removes all the rows from every
column family)

truncate mytable family1    (remove all rows from table 'mytable' but only for column family
'family1').

Something like that...  just a suggestion.



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