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From Sanjay Subramanian <>
Subject Re: Hive Query - Issue
Date Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:18:19 GMT

When you do a SELECT * ,  the partition columns are returned as last N columns  (if u have
N partitions)

In this case the 63rd column in SELECT * is the partition column

Instead of SELECT *
Do a

Not to show the candle to the sun if u r a AWK/SED ninja :-) but to get all column from hive
u can do this

hive -e "describe ur_table_name" | awk '{print $1","}'|sed '1i SELECT'|less


From: Manickam P <<>>
Reply-To: "<>" <<>>
Date: Monday, September 2, 2013 4:32 AM
To: "<>" <<>>
Subject: Hive Query - Issue

Hello Experts,

when i try to execute the below query i'm getting error. Please help me to correct this.

insert overwrite table table_baseline partition (sourcedate='base_2013_08') select * from
(select * from table_a where sourcedate='tablea_2013_08' union all select * from table_b where
sourcedate='tableb_2013_08') final

My intention here is i want to populate the table_baseline by using the all records from table_a
and table_b with partition. I am getting the below error.

Error in semantic analysis: Line 1:23 Cannot insert into target table because column number/types
are different ''BASE_2013_08'': Table insclause-0 has 62 columns, but query has 63 columns.

I verified the column count and types everything is same but here it says some difference.
The same query works fine without having any partitions in all the three tables but getting
error while executing with partitions.

please help.

Manickam P

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