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From "stack (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (HBASE-2323) filter.RegexStringComparator does not work with certain bytes
Date Mon, 12 Jul 2010 21:51:56 GMT

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stack updated HBASE-2323:

    Fix Version/s: 0.20.6

Commit for 0.20.6.

> filter.RegexStringComparator does not work with certain bytes
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-2323
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2323
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: filters
>    Affects Versions: 0.20.3
>            Reporter: Benoit Sigoure
>            Assignee: Benoit Sigoure
>             Fix For: 0.20.6, 0.90.0
>         Attachments: 0001-HBASE-2323-filter.RegexStringComparator-does-not-wor.patch,
0001-HBASE-2323-Kill-some-trailing-whitespaces.patch, 0002-HBASE-2323-Compile-the-pattern-with-DOTALL.patch,
> I'm trying to use {{RegexStringComparator}} in conjunction with {{RowFilter}}.  One of
my row keys contained the byte 0xA, which turns out to be the ASCII code for the newline character
(\n).  When the row key is converted to a string in order to use the regexp facility of the
Java standard library, it becomes a string containing two lines and my regexp does not match.
> I believe the solution is to compile the regexp with the {{DOTALL}} flag.  Luckily, this
flag can be "passed" by the client by prefixing the regexp with {{(?s)}} so people working
with an older version of HBase can work around this issue without having to upgrade.
> Second problem: One of my row keys contained the sequence {{0x00 0x00 0x9D}} ({{0x9D}}
= -99 when stored in a Java {{byte}}) but in {{compareTo}} the row key is transformed in a
{{String}} using {{Bytes.toString}}, which just assumes that the byte array is an UTF8 encoded
string.  Java "cleverly" substituted the 0x9D byte with 0x63 (character '?').  In my case,
I want to use encoding ISO-8859-1 as it preserves every byte when the byte array is converted
to a {{String}} and back to a byte array, unlike UTF-8 or ASCII.  Should we add a new method
to {{RegexStringComparator}} to allow the user to specify their own {{Charset}} instance?

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