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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: Returning variable number of fields from Hive UDTF
Date Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:29:14 GMT
if and only if the number is truely a constant, you can use the constant
Object Inspector in initialize. The value but be a constant at query
compile time.
So this should work:

THhis can not work

On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Kumar V <> wrote:

> Hi all,
>     I have a UDTF that returns fields from an XML/SerDe based table.  So I
> have to return varying number of fields from the UDTF based on the number
> of xpath's in the query file.  I am not sure how to access the values of
> the parameters in the initialize() method of the UDTF.  It only has the
> ObjectInspector array. The UDTF itself works fine if I always return a
> fixed number of fields.
> Something like
> select * from myudtf(xpathsfile);
> Should return as many fields as there are xpaths in the file.  Or I can
> also modify the UDTF to take in a parameter for the number of fields, like
> select * from myudtf(5,xpathsfile);
> I am kind of against a wall here. Any help is appreciated.
> Regards,
> Murali.

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