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From "Benedict (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-14825) Expose table schema for drivers
Date Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:49:00 GMT


Benedict commented on CASSANDRA-14825:

FWIW, I'm +1 the principle of this change.  The prior discussion didn't seem to touch on
issues of modifications to the CQL syntax, such as renaming poorly named properties or otherwise
updating the CQL language.  When you multiply this dimension with the dimension of clients
having to parse multiple schema versions, it seems unlikely all clients will get this right.

That said, Aleksey's proposal of a virtual table holding a data dictionary for mapping things
might work out.  But I'm unclear on exactly how it would work, it sound like a lot of work
to accomplish, and I don't personally see a problem with providing this functionality anyway.

I also think there's independent value in a 'canonical' CQL string for a given database object.

> Expose table schema for drivers
> -------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-14825
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Chris Lohfink
>            Assignee: Chris Lohfink
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: pull-request-available
>          Time Spent: 10m
>  Remaining Estimate: 0h
> Currently the drivers recreate the CQL for the tables by putting together the system
table values. This is very difficult to keep up to date and buggy enough that its only even
supported in Java and Python drivers. Cassandra already has some limited output available
for snapshots that we could provide in a virtual table or new query that the drivers can fetch.
This can greatly reduce the complexity of drivers while also reducing bugs like CASSANDRA-14822
as the underlying schema and properties change.

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