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From Alan Gates <>
Subject Re: HCatalog Storage Format
Date Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:36:43 GMT
RCFile was done first because it was what we needed first.  But take a look at
 We are moving towards using Hive's SerDes, so anything supported by Hive will be supported
by HCat.


On Jan 30, 2012, at 2:24 PM, Zaki Syed wrote:

> Hi
> I would like to know whether they are any plans of supporting other formats in HCatalog
apart from RCFile.
> 1) Why RCFile Format was given preference over others?
> 2) How do you import data that is available in CSV file into HCatalog table, as of now
it supports only RCFile Format.
> 3) In what way HCatalog differs from Hive?
> Please Advice
> Thanks in Advance
>    Zaki

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