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From Mark Grover <>
Subject Re: Converting Array to a String
Date Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:39:38 GMT
Matt and Miguel,
You may also be able to dynamically cast the column to string and then do your replace instead
of altering the metadata associated with the table.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Tucker" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:12:29 PM
Subject: RE: Converting Array to a String

Thanks Miguel! That did the trick. Now I just need to sort the input to collect_set(), so
I can ‘GROUP BY’ properly. 

Matt Tucker 

From: Miguel Cabero [] 
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:38 PM 
Subject: Re: Converting Array to a String 


The easyest way I found to convert an array into a string in Hive is = 
something like : 
1) ALTER TABLE table_name CHANGE COLUMN array_col_old_name = 
string_col_new_name string; 
2) SELECT REPLACE(string_col_new_name, '\002', ', ') FROM table_name; 



On 19 Nov 2011, at 00:52, Matt Martin wrote: 

As currently implemented, the parameters passed to the reflect() UDF must be primitives (and
I'm guessing that "collectedSet" is a list). I think this is primarily due to the fact that
Hive only supports a limited number of complex types (specifically: list, map, struct, union)
and these types are abstracted in a way which makes it difficult to convert to concrete Java
types and vice versa (for a good discussion of the abstraction used to represent complex types
you may want to refer to the following post: ).

Long story short, you'll probably want to write your own UDF or possibly reuse the existing
reflect() UDF to handle your specific case. 


P.S. You can see the source code for the reflect() UDF on GitHub:
. The exception you are seeing is generated by the following block of code: 

if ( arguments [ i ]. getCategory () != ObjectInspector . Category . PRIMITIVE ) { 
throw new UDFArgumentTypeException ( i , 
"The parameters of GenericUDFReflect(class,method[,arg1[,arg2]...])" 
+ " must be primitive (int, double, string, etc)." ); 

At a very high level, I think you would want to remove the for loop where that exception is
generated and instead have something like: 

ListObjectInspector listOI = (ListObjectInspector) arguments[2]; 

Then replace the following lines: 

// Get the parameter values 
for ( int i = 2 ; i < arguments . length ; i ++) { 
parameterJavaValues [ i - 2 ] = argumentOIs [ i ]. getPrimitiveJavaObject ( arguments [ i
]. get ()); 

with something like: 

Object test[] = new Object[listOI.getListLength(arguments[2].get())]; 
for (int i = 0; i < test.length; i++) { 
test[i] = listOI.getListElement(arguments[2].get(), i); 
parameterJavaValues[i - 2] = test 

I've left out a lot of details and probably missing some "gotchas," but hopefully that helps
you get the wheels turning... 

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 6:41 AM, Tucker, Matt < > wrote: 

I’m running into the same issue, and I see that it’s addressed in HIVE-2223. 

In the meantime, I’m getting an error when trying to use the reflect() function : 

SELECT reflect("org.apache.commons.lang.StringUtils", "join", collectedSet), … 

FAILED: Error in semantic analysis: Line 1:69 Argument type mismatch collectedSet: The parameters
of GenericUDFReflect(class,method[,arg1[,arg2]...]) must be primitive (int, double, string,

Matt Tucker 

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