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From "Brian Dougan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CRUNCH-266) AvroSpecificDeepCopier needs to use constructor on SpecificDatumReader that takes a class.
Date Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:54:52 GMT


Brian Dougan commented on CRUNCH-266:

While developing the patch, I found a related issue I went ahead and fixed.  

The deepCopy method sends an object to SpecificDatumReader that it expects it to populate,
but in certain cases (for instance during this classloader issue), it won't actually populate
the supplied object, but rather create a new GenericData.Record object and return it instead.
 In this case, rather than throwing a ClassCastException, the code was just returning an empty
object.  I fixed it by always returning the object returned by SpecificDataumReader.  This
is technically non-passive as it would silently return an empty object before resulting in
no error, but in this case, it seems the better thing to do.
> AvroSpecificDeepCopier needs to use constructor on SpecificDatumReader that takes a class.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CRUNCH-266
>                 URL:
>             Project: Crunch
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 0.7.0
>            Reporter: Brian Dougan
>            Assignee: Josh Wills
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: CRUNCH-266.patch
> As per, when the avro jar is in a parent
classloader of the classloader that contains SpecificData classes, a ClassCastException can
occur if you don't use the SpecificDatumReader constructor that takes a class (and accounts
for the classloader).
> Since standard hadoop commands seem to use parent classloaders, and avro is included
in the hadoop parent classloader, this issue can be seen if you run a command from a jar including
SpecificData classes that attempts to use them from the hadoop command (such as materializing
a PCollection of avro objects.  
> It looks like all that is needed is to update AvroSpecificDatumReader to call a different
> * public SpecificDatumReader(Class<T> c) 
> To add in more confusion, since avro is an included hadoop dependency, and avro itself
had a bug until 1.7.4, this fix will only work if avro in hadoop has been updated to 1.7.4
(or is running on a version that has already done this).  

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