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Fwd: Reading Kafka directly from Pig?
Cool stuff, a Pig Kafka UDF.

Russell Jurney http://datasyndrome.com

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*From:* David Arthur <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
*Date:* August 7, 2013, 7:41:30 AM PDT
*Subject:* *Reading Kafka directly from Pig?*

I've thrown together a Pig LoadFunc to read data from Kafka, so you could
load data like:

QUERY_LOGS = load 'kafka://localhost:9092/logs.query#8' using

The path part of the uri is the Kafka topic, and the fragment is the number
of partitions. In the implementation I have, it makes one input split per
partition. Offsets are not really dealt with at this point - it's a rough

Anyone have thoughts on whether or not this is a good idea? I know usually
the pattern is: kafka -> hdfs -> mapreduce. If I'm only reading from this
data from Kafka once, is there any reason why I can't skip writing to HDFS?