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Hive / HCatalog Forum

webhcatalog table creation and json

  • #30635
    John Brinnand

    Hi Folks,

    So I have webhcat 0.11.0 and have written a Java class which uses HCatalog’s DDL. Basically I took Alans example code from github and leveraged it. It works great but I noticed that when I create a text table, I cannot specify (or haven’t found how to specify) a JsonSerde row format. Basically I want to do something like what is done on the command line.
    hive>use myalphadb; create table test_jsontable (id string, name string) ROW FORMAT SERDE ‘’;

    However, I don’t see how to do this using HCatCreateTableDesc. And if the table is created as a regular text file, hive will not be able to read the data and will return nulls for all keys and values.

    So – is there a way to tell HCatalog programmatically to create a table use a row format serde of JSON?



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  • #30838
    Akki Sharma

    Hi John,

    Looking at HCatCreateTableDesc code, there isn’t support for the end user to create a table from api that supports custom serdes (unless there is a storagehandler that users a serde – we support that)

    Best Regards,

    John Brinnand

    Hi Akki,

    Thanks for the response. Meanwhile – I found that Hive’s JDBC client can be used for our purposes.

    Thanks again for your help,


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