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From "Barna Zsombor Klara (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HIVE-14601) Altering table/partition file format with preexisting data should not be allowed
Date Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:17:22 GMT
Barna Zsombor Klara created HIVE-14601:
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             Summary: Altering table/partition file format with preexisting data should not
be allowed
                 Key: HIVE-14601
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-14601
             Project: Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Metastore
            Reporter: Barna Zsombor Klara
            Assignee: Barna Zsombor Klara
            Priority: Minor


The file format of a table or a partition can be changed using an alter statement. However
this only affects the metadata, the data in hdfs is not changed, leading to a table from which
you cannot select anymore. 
Changing the file format back fixes the issue, but a better approach would be to prevent the
alter to the file format if we have data in the tables.

The issue is reproducible by executing the following commands:
{code}
create table test (id int);
insert into test values (1);
alter table test set fileformat parquet;
insert into test values (2);
select * from test;
{code}
Will result in:
{code}
java.lang.RuntimeException: .../000000_0 is not a Parquet file (too small) (state=,code=0)
{code}



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