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From "Aditya Kishore (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-6991) Escape "\" in Bytes.toStringBinary() and its counterpart Bytes.toBytesBinary()
Date Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:56:04 GMT

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Aditya Kishore commented on HBASE-6991:
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It should be noted that any previously encoded StringBinary with "\" will still get correctly
decoded by the unchanged toBytesBinary() function. The change to toStringBinary() ensures
that new encoding of a byte array containing "\" is 100% reversible without any ambiguity.
                
> Escape "\" in Bytes.toStringBinary() and its counterpart Bytes.toBytesBinary()
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-6991
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-6991
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: util
>    Affects Versions: 0.96.0
>            Reporter: Aditya Kishore
>            Assignee: Aditya Kishore
>             Fix For: 0.96.0
>
>         Attachments: HBASE-6991_trunk.patch
>
>
> Since "\" is used to escape non-printable character but not treated as special character
in conversion, it could lead to unexpected conversion.
> For example, please consider the following code snippet.
> {code}
> public void testConversion() {
>   byte[] original = {
>       '\\', 'x', 'A', 'D'
>   };
>   String stringFromBytes = Bytes.toStringBinary(original);
>   byte[] converted = Bytes.toBytesBinary(stringFromBytes);
>   System.out.println("Original: " + Arrays.toString(original));
>   System.out.println("Converted: " + Arrays.toString(converted));
>   System.out.println("Reversible?: " + (Bytes.compareTo(original, converted) == 0));
> }
> Output:
> -------
> Original: [92, 120, 65, 68]
> Converted: [-83]
> Reversible?: false
> {code}
> The "\" character needs to be treated as special and must be encoded as a non-printable
character ("\x5C") to avoid any kind of ambiguity during conversion.

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