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Hive, mail # user - BINARY column type

Connell, Chuck 2012-12-01, 16:50
John Omernik 2012-12-01, 21:22
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RE: BINARY column type
Connell, Chuck 2012-12-01, 22:11
Thanks John. When you say "hexed" data, do you mean binary encoded to ascii hex? This would remove the raw newline characters.

We considered Base64 encoding our data, a similar idea, which would also remove raw newlines. But my preference is to put real binary data into Hive, and find a way to make this work.


From: John Omernik [[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: BINARY column type

Hi Chuck -

I've used binary columns with Newlines in the data. I used RCFile format for my storage method. Works great so far. Whether or not this is "the" way to get data in, I use hexed data (my transform script outputs hex encoded) and the final insert into the table gets a unhex(sourcedata).  That's never been a problem for me, seems a bit hackish, but works well.

On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Connell, Chuck <[EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>> wrote:

I am trying to use BINARY columns and believe I have the perfect use-case for it, but I am missing something. Has anyone used this for true binary data (which may contain newlines)?
Here is the background... I have some files that each contain just one logical field, which is a binary object. (The files are Google Protobuf format.) I want to put these binary files into a larger file, where each protobuf is a logical record. Then I want to define a Hive table that stores each protobuf as one row, with the entire protobuf object in one BINARY column. Then I will use a custom UDF to select/query the binary object.
This is about as simple as can be for putting binary data into Hive.
What file format should I use to package the binary rows? What should the Hive table definition be? Which SerDe option (LazySimpleBinary?). I cannot use TEXTFILE, since the binary may contain newlines. Many of my attempts have choked on the newlines.
Thank you,

Chuck Connell


Burlington, MA
John Omernik 2012-12-02, 04:58
Connell, Chuck 2012-12-02, 15:00
John Omernik 2012-12-02, 16:27
Connell, Chuck 2012-12-02, 18:27