Please also see this comment from Doug:
Hive can presently choose to implement it that way, and a lack of top level
integration of the BigDecimal data type in Avro specs should not be
blocking them I think.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Mariano Dominguez (JIRA) wrote:
> Mariano Dominguez created AVRO-1402:
> Summary: Support for DECIMAL primitive type
> Key: AVRO-1402
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1402
> Project: Avro
> Issue Type: New Feature
> Affects Versions: 1.7.5
> Reporter: Mariano Dominguez
> Priority: Minor
> Currently, Avro does not seem to support a DECIMAL type or equivalent.
> Adding DECIMAL support would be particularly interesting when converting
> types from Avro to Hive, since DECIMAL is already a supported data type in
> Hive (0.11.0).
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