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From "Bharathkrishna Guruvayoor Murali (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Assigned] (HIVE-21115) Add support for object versions in metastore
Date Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:52:00 GMT


Bharathkrishna Guruvayoor Murali reassigned HIVE-21115:

    Assignee: Bharathkrishna Guruvayoor Murali

> Add support for object versions in metastore
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HIVE-21115
>                 URL:
>             Project: Hive
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Vihang Karajgaonkar
>            Assignee: Bharathkrishna Guruvayoor Murali
>            Priority: Major
> Currently, metastore objects are identified uniquely by their names (eg. catName, dbName
and tblName for a table is unique). Once a table or partition is created it could be altered
in many ways. There is no good way currently to identify the version of the object once it
is altered. For example, suppose there are two clients (Hive and Impala) using the same metastore.
Once some alter operations are performed by a client, another client which wants to do a alter
operation has no good way to know if the object which it has is the same as the one stored
in metastore. Metastore updates the {{transient_lastDdlTime}} every time there is a DDL operation
on the object. However, this value cannot be relied for all the clients since after HIVE-1768
metastore updates the value only when it is not set in the parameters. It is possible that
a client which alters the object state, does not remove the {{transient_lastDdlTime}} and
metastore will not update it. Secondly, if there is a clock skew between multiple HMS instances
when HMS-HA is configured, time values cannot be relied on to find out the sequence of alter
operations on a given object.
> This JIRA propose to use JDO versioning support by Datanucleus
to generate a incrementing sequence number every time a object is altered. The value of this
object can be set as one of the values in the parameters. The advantage of using Datanucleus
the versioning can be done across HMS instances as part of the database transaction and it
should work for all the supported databases.
> In theory such a version can be used to detect if the client is presenting a object which
is "stale" when issuing a alter request. Metastore can choose to reject such a alter request
since the client may be caching a old version of the object and any alter operation on such
stale object can potentially overwrite previous operations. However, this is can be done in
a separate JIRA.

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