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From Den <>
Subject Re: Mapping HBase column qualifier with a ':' in it
Date Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:16:36 GMT
I assume by 'escape' you mean something like:

"hbase.columns.mapping" = ":key,cf:q1\:q2"

That gave the same error as before. If that's not what you mean could you

I also tried to see if I could trick it by doing some binary encoding of
the character

"hbase.columns.mapping" = ":key,cf:q1\x3Aq2"

where \x3A is the ascii hex code for ':'. That also didn't work either, the
'create external table' went through but all the values were NULL.

I dug around a bit in the source and found that in in
the parseColumnsMapping(...)
function there is the following:

      int idxFirst = colInfo.indexOf(":");
      int idxLast = colInfo.lastIndexOf(":");

      if (idxFirst < 0 || !(idxFirst == idxLast)) {
        throw new SerDeException("Error: the HBase columns mapping
contains a badly formed " +
            "column family, column qualifier specification.");

It seems that this will throw this error if there is not exactly 1
colon in the HBase column to map. So short of tricking it into
thinking something else is a colon there might not be any way to map
my columns without renaming them first. Thoughts?

On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM, <> wrote:

> Hi Den,
> Have you tried escaping the additional colon in the qualifier name?
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM, Den <> wrote:
>> I'm working with an HBase database with a column of the form 'cf:q1:q2'
>> where 'cf' is the column family 'q1:q2' is the column qualifier. When
>> trying to map this in Hive I'm using a statement like the following:
>>   id string
>>   q1_q2 string
>> ) WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ("hbase.columns.mapping" = ":key,cf:q1:q2")
>> I get an error saying
>> Error: the HBase columns mapping contains a badly formed column family,
>> column qualifier specification.
>> This seems to be due to the colon in the column qualifier. It seems to
>> demand that there be exactly on colon in the field name and it has to be
>> the one separating the column family from the column qualifier.
>> Is there a reason that is the case? Is there any way around it so I can
>> map the columns from the HBase DB to Hive?
> --
> Swarnim

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