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From "jaanai (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (PHOENIX-1614) ALTER TABLE ADD IF NOT EXISTS doesn't work as expected
Date Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:27:00 GMT

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jaanai commented on PHOENIX-1614:
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A few suggestions,  we can use meta information to check off that the additional columns whether
exists within the table on the client side,  then to decide throw exceptions or go into next
steps. The coding will be simpler and the client is good for backward compatible.



> ALTER TABLE ADD IF NOT EXISTS doesn't work as expected
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PHOENIX-1614
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PHOENIX-1614
>             Project: Phoenix
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Gabriel Reid
>            Assignee: Toshihiro Suzuki
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: argus
>             Fix For: 4.15.0
>
>         Attachments: PHOENIX-1614-v2.patch, PHOENIX-1614-v3.patch, PHOENIX-1614.patch
>
>
> On an existing table table, executing "ALTER TABLE ADD IF NOT EXISTS
> thisColAlreadyExists varchar, thisColDoesNotExist varchar", then
> nothing will be changed in the table because thisColAlreadyExists
> already exists.
> Omitting the already-existing column from the statement, all new columns
> do get created.
> The general expectation would be that when you use ADD IF NOT EXISTS, all
> non-existent columns will be added, and all existing columns in the
> statement will just be ignored. There is already an integration test
> (AlterTableIT#testAddVarCols) that actually demonstrates the current
> behavior, although this is probably not correct.
> As pointed out in the related mailing list thread [1], ALTER TABLE DROP COLUMN likely
suffers from the same issue.
> 1. http://s.apache.org/LMT 



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