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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: Retrieve Multiple CFs from Range Slice
Date Sat, 10 Nov 2012 05:42:58 GMT
HBase is different is this regard. A table is comprised of multiple
column families, and they can be scanned at once. However, last time I
checked, scanning a table with two column families is still two
"seeks" across three different column families.

A similar thing can be accomplished in cassandra by issuing two range
scans, (possibly executing them asynchronously in two threads)

I am sure someone will correct me if I am mistaken.

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM, Chris Larsen <> wrote:
> Hi! Is there a way to retrieve the columns for all column families on a
> given row while fetching range slices? My keyspace has two column families
> and when I’m scanning over the rows, I’d like to be able to fetch the
> columns in both CFs while iterating over the keys so as to avoid having to
> run two scan operations. When I set the CF to an empty string, ala
> ColumnParent.setColumn_family(""), it throws an error “non-empty
> columnfamily is required”. (Using the Thrift API directly from JAVA on Cass
> 1.1.6) My HBase scans can return both CFs per row so it works nicely.
> Thanks!

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