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From "Hari Sankar Sivarama Subramaniyan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HIVE-5436) Hive's casting behavior needs to be consistent
Date Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:38:25 GMT


Hari Sankar Sivarama Subramaniyan commented on HIVE-5436:

Thanks [~xuefuz] for the update. Can you please let me know if HIVE-5660 is in progress? Else,
I will look at it. This is required before I make further changes to HIVE-5382 ( to cover
all the edge cases). 

> Hive's casting behavior needs to be consistent
> ----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HIVE-5436
>                 URL:
>             Project: Hive
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Hari Sankar Sivarama Subramaniyan
>            Assignee: Hari Sankar Sivarama Subramaniyan
>            Priority: Critical
> Hive's casting behavior is inconsistent and the behavior of casting from one type to
another undocumented as of now when the casted value is out of range. For example, casting
out of range values from one type to another can result in incorrect results.
> Eg: 
> 1. select cast('1000'  as tinyint) from t1;
> 2. select 1000Y from t1;
> FAILED: SemanticException [Error 10029]: Line 1:7 Invalid numerical constant '1000Y'
> 3.  select cast(1000 as tinyint) from t1;
> -24
> cast(1.1e3-1000/0 as tinyint) from t1;
> 0
> 5. select cast(10/0 as tinyint) from pw18; 
> -1
> The hive user can accidently try to typecast an out of range value. For example in the
e.g. 4/5 even though the final result is NaN, Hive can typecast to a random result. Either
we should document that the end user should take care of  overflow, underflow, division by
0, etc.  by himself/herself or we should return NULLs when the final result is out of range.

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