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From "Sergey Shelukhin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HIVE-16223) deterministic file naming for bucketing in Hive
Date Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:53:41 GMT
Sergey Shelukhin created HIVE-16223:

             Summary: deterministic file naming for bucketing in Hive
                 Key: HIVE-16223
             Project: Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Sergey Shelukhin

Bucketing in Hive is currently very fragile.
1) Some places determine bucket number from file name.
2) Some places determine bucket number from a file's "index" in a sorted list of file in the
3) It is possible to import files into a bucketed table without any regard for either.

On top of that, weird rename paths (like _copy_1), subdirectories (e.g. from Tez union, or
just tables read with recursive input enabled), repeated inserts into the same table, etc.
can mess with either scheme.

Therefore I propose we include bucket index and count explicitly in the file name (e.g. 000003_0_bucket_3of32).
It will alleviate the above, and also may simplify some pieces of code that try to account
for missing bucket files, multiple files, etc.
This will require changes to load table logic that is used in ctas, insert, load, import etc.;
change in logic when getting buckets, as well as when altering table bucketing (to rename
the files).
Users will still be able to use old-style bucketing by specifying a non-strict config setting
(not on by default).
The conversion of existing tables is the biggest issue. Perhaps the existing tables can be
"grandfathered" into the non-strict bucketing, with some warnings asking the users to convert,
and a command to do so in alter table/analyze table.

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