Hi! Sorry to ask such a basic question, but
How do I import data from a text file with fixed columns (no delimiter)? I.e, column 1 is characters 1-6, column 2 is characters 7-11, column 3 is character 12, column 4 is character 13, and so forth? I'd be surprised if no one has written a SerDe for this.
The manual talks about a MetadataTypedColumnsetSerDe, a ThriftSerDe, a DynamicSerDe, and SerDes for JSON, Avro and ORC. I also searched Bing for "site:mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/hive-user/ serde fixed", but that didn't appear to have anything relevant.
FWIW, the dataset is the National Immunization Survey: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nis/data_files.htm
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