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From "Sourabh Bajaj (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (BEAM-1283) DoFn finishBundle should be required to specify the window for output
Date Tue, 09 May 2017 17:30:04 GMT


Sourabh Bajaj commented on BEAM-1283:

This can be closed now.

> DoFn finishBundle should be required to specify the window for output
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: BEAM-1283
>                 URL:
>             Project: Beam
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: beam-model, sdk-java-core, sdk-py
>            Reporter: Kenneth Knowles
>            Assignee: Sourabh Bajaj
>              Labels: backward-incompatible
>             Fix For: 2.0.0
> The spec is here in Javadoc:
> "If invoked from {{@StartBundle}} or {{@FinishBundle}}, this will attempt to use the
{{WindowFn}} of the input {{PCollection}} to determine what windows the element should be
in, throwing an exception if the {{WindowFn}} attempts to access any information about the
input element. The output element will have a timestamp of negative infinity."
> This is a collection of caveats that make this method not always technically wrong, but
quite a mess. Ideas that reasonable folks have suggested lately:
>  - The {{WindowFn}} cannot actually be applied because {{WindowFn}} is allowed to see
the element type. The spec just avoids this by limiting which {{WindowFn}} can be used.
>  - There is no natural output timestamp, so it should always be provided. The spec avoids
this by specifying an arbitrary and fairly useless timestamp.
>  - If it is a merging {{WindowFn}} like sessions that has already been merged then you'll
just have a bogus proto window regardless of explicit timestamp or not.
> The use cases for these methods are best addressed by state plus window expiry callback,
so we should revisit this spec and probably just wipe it.
> There are some rare case where you might need to output from {{FinishBundle}} in a way
that is not _actually_ sensitive to bundling (perhaps modulo some downstream notion of equivalence)
in which case you had better know what window you are outputting to. Often it should be the
global window.

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