How to load a text file into a Hive table stored as sequence files

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You can load the text file into a textfile Hive table and then insert the data from this table into your sequencefile.

Start with a tab delimited file:

% cat /tmp/input.txt
a       b
a2      b2

create a sequence file

hive> create table test_sq(k string, v string) stored as sequencefile;

try to load; as expected, this will fail:

hive> load data local inpath '/tmp/input.txt' into table test_sq;

But with this table:

hive> create table test_t(k string, v string) row format delimited fields terminated by '\t' stored as textfile;

The load works just fine:

hive> load data local inpath '/tmp/input.txt' into table test_t;
OK
hive> select * from test_t;
OK
a       b
a2      b2

Now load into the sequence table from the text table:

insert into table test_sq select * from test_t;

Can also do load/insert with overwrite to replace all.

~ Answered on 2012-12-28 23:56:37


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