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Hive / HCatalog Forum

Column length using VARCHAR(n)

  • #43967

    In Hive 0.12.0 it’s now possible to create tables with columns identified as VARCHAR(n) where n indicates the maximum length of the column. However when using the JDBC driver the getColumns call shows zero length for such columns. Or when using beeline the !columns command doesn’t show a value for COLUM_SIZE. Is that something that can be addressed?

    The Jira that added this functionality implies that it should work in the comment “Support returning varchar length in result set metadata.”

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  • #43973
    Jason Dere

    Thanks for pointing that out – had updated the ResultSetMetadata (returned during queries), but had neglected to update the getColumns() call. I’ve opened


    Thanks, and I see that there is patch. That was fast! It looks to me like I should be able to apply it with

    svn co hive
    cd hive
    export HIVE_HOME=/{{pwd}}
    export PATH=$HIVE_HOME/bin:$PATH

    patch -p0 < HIVE-5847.1.patch

    ant clean package

    And indeed the patch is successfully applied. But the build fails because files are missing from the root:
    build.xml – build-offline.xml – build-common.xml –
    As well as directories ivy, ant and build.xml from these and other directories.

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