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From Thiruvel Thirumoolan <>
Subject Re: Rename external table, including HDFS directory
Date Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:01:26 GMT

The link mentions that it changes the directory also. If not you can
change the table name and then use "alter table <table name> set location
<new location>" Let us know what you see.

On 3/7/13 3:29 PM, "Keith Wiley" <> wrote:

>My understanding is that renaming and external table doesn't rename the
>corresponding HDFS directory to match.  I would like to do this; I want
>to rename the table in Hive and also rename the HDFS directory so they
>match (they already match with the old name).  I'm not sure how to do
>this.  I'm worried that if I rename the HDFS directory through Hadoop,
>not Hive, that Hive will lose track of the directory, regardless of
>whether I rename the table in Hive as well.
>I also don't want to drop and recreate the table because I don't want to
>notify Hive of all the partitions all over again.
>Keith Wiley
>"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."
>                                           --  Yoda

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