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From Chaitanya <chaitanya.ck...@gmail.com>
Subject Filters failing to compare negative numbers (int,float,double or long)
Date Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:19:43 GMT
Hi All,

I have come across an issue while using filters to get a result.

For eg.
I have created a table and its specifications are as follows :

table name --> test
column family --> cf
row keys --> rowKey1 - rowKey10 (10 different row keys)
column qualifier --> integerData

For different rowkeys, the qualifier 'integerData' contains either positive
or negative integer values (data loaded randomly).

Now, while I am trying to retrieve the data from the table based on a filter
condition, its failing to give the desired result.

For eg. say,
My table contains following data :

I want to get only those values which are greater than or equal to 40.
Following is the code for the filter set on scan :

  Scan scan = new Scan();
  scan.addColumn(Bytes.toBytes("cf"), Bytes.toBytes(" integerData"));
  int i = 40;
  Filter filter = new ValueFilter(CompareOp.GREATER_OR_EQUAL,new


The result should be : 40 and 50
BUT, the actual result is : -50, -40, -30, -20, -10, 40, 50

I have read few posts which addressed this issue, and few people provided
the solution as:

1) write a custom comparator, as BinaryComparator is not meant for number
2) retrieve all the values as integer and then compare 

BUT, I want to know if there is any other way to achieve this.
Because this seems to be a very basic need, i.e. comparing numbers, and I
feel HBase should have something straight forward to deal with this.
This comparison fails only when the negative numbers are involved.

I am not able to get the right way to do it.

Can anyone help me on this ?

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