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From Vladimir Rodionov <vrodio...@carrieriq.com>
Subject RE: about "hbase.client.keyvalue.maxsize"
Date Thu, 29 May 2014 03:10:48 GMT
I suggest you reconsider your application design if you need to store large objects. Keep these
object outside HBase and store in HBase references and/or indexes.

Best regards,
Vladimir Rodionov
Principal Platform Engineer
Carrier IQ, www.carrieriq.com
e-mail: vrodionov@carrieriq.com

From: Henry Hung [YTHung1@winbond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:26 PM
To: user@hbase.apache.org
Subject: about "hbase.client.keyvalue.maxsize"

Hi All,

Today I stumble upon this error:

Error: java.io.IOException: java.io.IOException: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: KeyValue
size too large
        at com.winbond.hadoop.fdc.mapreduce.xml.XmlToHBaseMapper.map(XmlToHBaseMapper.java:204)
        at com.winbond.hadoop.fdc.mapreduce.xml.XmlToHBaseMapper.map(XmlToHBaseMapper.java:1)
        at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Mapper.run(Mapper.java:145)
        at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.MapTask.runNewMapper(MapTask.java:763)
        at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.MapTask.run(MapTask.java:339)
        at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.YarnChild$2.run(YarnChild.java:162)
        at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
        at javax.security.auth.Subject.doAs(Subject.java:396)
        at org.apache.hadoop.security.UserGroupInformation.doAs(UserGroupInformation.java:1491)
        at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.YarnChild.main(YarnChild.java:157)

After looking into the source code, it appears this is a constraint impose by hbase.client.keyvalue.maxsize
= 10485760.

>From the parameter description:
Specifies the combined maximum allowed size of a KeyValue instance. This is to set an upper
boundary for a single entry saved in a storage file. Since they cannot be split it helps avoiding
that a region cannot be split any further because the data is too large. It seems wise to
set this to a fraction of the maximum region size. Setting it to zero or less disables the

If I set the table's region size to be maximum 20GB before splitting, could I set the hbase.client.keyvalue.maxsize
to a larger value? Such as: 200 MB

One more thing, when I looked into HTable.java source code, it appears that the key value
size is checked before compression, is this true?
I think it should be more reasonable to check the size after compression, no?

Best regards,
Henry Hung

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