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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: [jira] [Created] (HIVE-4844) Add char/varchar data types
Date Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:17:43 GMT
As for the param types. How do we enforce these? If we have a lazy simple
serde and a varchar 10 and we are reading a column with 11 chars, what do
we do?

Maybe we say that char is an alias and we do not actually enforce anything.
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Xuefu Zhang (JIRA) <> wrote:
>     []
> Xuefu Zhang commented on HIVE-4844:
> -----------------------------------
> [~jdere] Thanks for sharing your work. I went thru your patch and had
some initial questions. I understand that your patch is still in progress,
but I'm wondering what's your thought on how you plan to store the type
params. Obviously, type params are metadata of a column, which needs to be
stored. I assume that hive schema needs to change to accommodate this.
> Secondly, SQL VAR or VARCHAR seems to be special hive string with
additional restriction. Your patch seems treating them independently. Do
you think if type inheritance works here?
> Lastly, introducing param types seems non-trivial. Do you think if a
design doc or wiki page makes sense?
>> Add char/varchar data types
>> ---------------------------
>>                 Key: HIVE-4844
>>                 URL:
>>             Project: Hive
>>          Issue Type: New Feature
>>          Components: Types
>>            Reporter: Jason Dere
>>            Assignee: Jason Dere
>>         Attachments: HIVE-4844.1.patch.hack
>> Add new char/varchar data types which have support for more
SQL-compliant behavior, such as SQL string comparison semantics, max
length, etc.
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