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From "Kim Jin Chul (Code Review)" <>
Subject [Impala-ASF-CR] IMPALA-5237: Support a quoted string in date/time format
Date Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:28:02 GMT
Hello Tim Armstrong, 

I'd like you to reexamine a change. Please visit

to look at the new patch set (#2).

Change subject: IMPALA-5237: Support a quoted string in date/time format

IMPALA-5237: Support a quoted string in date/time format

Impala does not represent a quoted string at date/time format. For example,
addtional quoted string between the patterns(e.g. HH\'H\' => 11H)
Hive supports this feature, so user wants to get a same result
from Impala. By the way, Impala returns a different result as below.

* Hive
> select from_unixtime(1492677564, 'HH\'H\' mm\'M\' ss\'S\'');
08H 39M 24S

* Impala
> select from_unixtime(1492677564, 'HH\'H\' mm\'M\' ss\'S\'');
08'8' 39'4' 24'0'

The change affects the format pattern for from_unixtime/from_timestamp/unix_timestamp.

In unix_timestamp, user can also specify a quoted string like this.

> select unix_timestamp('\'Epoch time: \'19700101', '\'Epoch time: \'yyyyMMdd');

By the way, the quoted strings between input and format should be exactly same
and internally string comparison is case-sensitive.

There is one intentional difference between Hive and Impala. In Impala, the format
string should have any date or time patten as below. Throwing the error/warning is
better if Impala cannot optimize the expression. User must rewrite the query and
don't pay the function call.

* Hive
> select from_unixtime(0, '\'Hello world!\'');
Hello world!

* Impala
> select from_unixtime(0, '\'Hello world!\'');
Bad date/time conversion format: 'Hello world!'

Add unit tests for working and nonworking cases

Change-Id: Ie34055ac695748bcfb110bfa6ed5308f469ea178
M be/src/exprs/
M be/src/runtime/
M be/src/runtime/timestamp-parse-util.h
3 files changed, 81 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

  git pull ssh:// refs/changes/08/8508/2
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Gerrit-Project: Impala-ASF
Gerrit-Branch: master
Gerrit-MessageType: newpatchset
Gerrit-Change-Id: Ie34055ac695748bcfb110bfa6ed5308f469ea178
Gerrit-Change-Number: 8508
Gerrit-PatchSet: 2
Gerrit-Owner: Kim Jin Chul <>
Gerrit-Reviewer: Tim Armstrong <>

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