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From Pat Ferrel <...@occamsmachete.com>
Subject Re: Rename tables or swap alias
Date Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:25:32 GMT
Any other way to do what I was asking. With Spark this is a very normal thing to treat a table
as immutable and create another to replace the old.

Can you lock two tables and rename them in 2 actions then unlock in a very short period of

Or an alias for table names?

Didn’t see these in any docs or Googling, any help is appreciated. Writing all this data
back to the original table would be a huge load on a table being written to by external processes
and therefore under large load to begin with.
> On Feb 14, 2016, at 5:03 PM, Ted Yu <yuzhihong@gmail.com> wrote:
> There is currently no native support for renaming two tables in one atomic
> action.
> On Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 4:18 PM, Pat Ferrel <pat@occamsmachete.com> wrote:
>> I use Spark to take an old table, clean it up to create an RDD of cleaned
>> data. What I’d like to do is write all of the data to a new table in HBase,
>> then rename the table to the old name. If possible it could be done by
>> changing an alias to point to the new table as long as all external code
>> uses the alias, or by a 2 table rename operation. But I don’t see how to do
>> this for HBase. I am dealing with a lot of data so don’t want to do table
>> modifications with deletes and upserts, this would be incredibly slow.
>> Furthermore I don’t want to disable the table for more than a tiny span of
>> time.
>> Is it possible to have 2 tables and rename both in an atomic action, or
>> change some alias to point to the new table in an atomic action. If not
>> what is the quickest way to achieve this to minimize time disabled.

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