Since this does seem to be a problem in Hive, I went ahead and created a
JIRA with a design proposal of a backward-compatible solution.
Years earlier than 1970 in particular are an important case for supporting
historical data in many business applications.
On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM, Mikhail Bautin <
[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Are there plans to support timestamps that cannot be represented by a
> signed 32-bit integer number of seconds since the UNIX epoch? (i.e. those
> before 1970 or after a certain point in 2038). Currently Hive's behavior
> regarding these timestamps is inconsistent, because it is possible to
> insert them into a table, but Hive does not handle them properly. Trying to
> serialize and deserialize the "1969-12-31 23:59:59" timestamp using
> TimestampWritable results in a "2038-01-19 03:14:07" timestamp.