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From "Sergey Shelukhin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HIVE-17714) move custom SerDe schema considerations into metastore from QL
Date Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:53:00 GMT
Sergey Shelukhin created HIVE-17714:

             Summary: move custom SerDe schema considerations into metastore from QL
                 Key: HIVE-17714
             Project: Hive
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Sergey Shelukhin

Columns in metastore for tables that use external schema don't have the type information (since
HIVE-11985) and may be entirely inconsistent (since forever, due to issues like HIVE-17713;
or for SerDes that allow an URL for the schema, due to the change in the underlying file).
Currently, if you trace the usage of ConfVars.SERDESUSINGMETASTOREFORSCHEMA, and to MetaStoreUtils.getFieldsFromDeserializer,
you'd see that the code in QL handles this in Hive. So, for the most part metastore just returns
whatever is stored for columns in the database.

One exception appears to be get_fields_with_environment_context, which is interesting... so
getTable will return incorrect columns (potentially), but get_fields/get_schema will return
correct ones from SerDe as far as I can tell.

As part of separating the metastore, we should make sure all the APIs return the correct schema
for the columns; it's not a good idea to have everyone reimplement getFieldsFromDeserializer.

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