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Re: Mapping existing HBase table with many columns to Hive.
Hi David,

First of all, you columns are not "long". They are binary as well.
Currently as hive stands, there is no support for binary qualifiers.
However, I recently submitted a patch for that[1]. Feel free to give it a
shot and let me know if you see any issues. With that patch, you can
directly give your qualifiers to hive as they look here (

Until then, the only option you have is to use a map to map all your
columns under the column family "t". An example to do that would be:
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE hbase_table_1(key int, value map<string,string>)
STORED BY 'org.apache.hadoop.hive.hbase.HBaseStorageHandler'
WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ("hbase.columns.mapping" = ":key,t:")
TBLPROPERTIES("hbase.table.name" = "some_existing_table");
Also as far as your key goes, it is a composite key. There is also an
existing patch for the support of that here[2].
Hope that helps.
[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-3553
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-2599
On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM, David Koch <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Hello,
> How can I map an HBase table with the following layout to Hive using the
> "CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE" command from shell (or another programmatic way):
> The HBase table's layout is as follows:
> Rowkey=16 bytes, a UUID that had the "-" removed, and the 32hex chars
> converted into two 8byte longs.
> Columns (qualifiers): timestamps, i.e the bytes of a long which were
> converted using Hadoop's Bytes.toBytes(long). There can be many of those in
> a single row.
> Values: The bytes of a Java string.
> I am unsure of which datatypes to use. I am pretty sure there is no way I
> can sensible map the row key to anything other than "binary" but maybe the
> columns - which are longs and the values which are strings can be mapped to
> their according Hive datatypes.
> I include an extract of what a row looks like in HBase shell below:
> Thank you,
> /David
> hbase(main):009:0> scan "hits"
>                 COLUMN+CELL
> \x00\x00\x06\xB1H\x89N\xC3\xA5\x83\x0F\xDD\x1E\xAE&\xDC
>  column=t:\x00\x00\x01;2\xE6Q\x06, timestamp=1267737987733, value=blahaha
> \x00\x00\x06\xB1H\x89N\xC3\xA5\x83\x0F\xDD\x1E\xAE&\xDC
>  column=t:\x00\x00\x01;2\xE6\xFB@, timestamp=1354012104967,
> value=testtest