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From "Owen O'Malley" <>
Subject Re: hive - snappy and sequence file vs RC file
Date Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:49:03 GMT
SequenceFile compared to RCFile:
  * More widely deployed.
  * Available from MapReduce and Pig
  * Doesn't compress as small (in RCFile all of each columns values are put
  * Uncompresses and deserializes all of the columns, even if you are only
reading a few

In either case, for long term storage, you should seriously consider the
default codec since that will provide much tighter compression (at the cost
of cpu to compress it).

-- Owen

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