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Inconsistencies in comparisons using KeyComparator

I need to write some code that sorts row keys identically to HBase.

I looked at the KeyValue.KeyComparator code, and it seems that, by
default, HBase elects to use the 'Unsafe' comparator as the basis of its
comparison, with a fall-back to to the PureJavaComparer should Unsafe
not be available (for example, in tests.)

However, I'm finding that the sort order from a call to
KeyValue.KeyComparator appears to be inconsistent between the two forms.

As an example, comparing:

(first param) (second param)
0000000000000000ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff616c1b to

gives 1 for the default (presumably, Unsafe) call, and -1 using the

I would actually expect it to be a -ve number, based on the difference
of 6c to 74 in the 3rd from last byte above.


000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000616c1b to

gives > 0 instead of < 0. The PureJavaComparator does a byte-by-byte
comparison by

Is this expected? From the definition of lexicographical compare that I
found, I don't think so. There's no issue of signed comparison here,
because 0x6c and 0x74 are still +ve byte values.