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HiveQL: Correct way to query date field in nyse_stocks example

  • #21295
    Nitin Gupta

    What is the correct way to query date field in the nyse_stocks example?

    For instance:
    select distinct date from nyse_stocks
    select distinct [date] from nyse_stocks

    results in:
    FAILED: Parse Error: line 1:16 cannot recognize input near ‘date’ ‘from’ ‘nyse_stocks’ in select expression

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  • #21400
    Carter Shanklin


    Probably date is a reserved keyword in Hive. Try re-importing the data and change the date column name to something like dt and try the query again.

    Nitin Gupta

    You may be right about ‘date’ being a reserved keyword in Hive. That’s why I tried [date] to disambiguate, which fails too.
    The tutorial makers may take note or provide an example to clarify.



    Hi Nitin,

    I too have seen queries not work and table not get imported when one of the columns was named ‘date.’ The fix for it that Carter mentions has worked every time.


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