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From Samuru Jackson <samurujack...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: Scanning half a key or value in HBase
Date Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:32:57 GMT

I do it this way:

The variable searchValue is my Prefix like in your case 123 would be:

searchValue = "123";

PrefixFilter prefixFilter = new PrefixFilter(Bytes.toBytes(searchValue));
Scan scan = new Scan();
ResultScanner resultScanner = hBaseTable.getScanner(scan);

Now you can iterate over the resultScanner.

Is this what you were looking for?


On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 6:00 AM, Michelan Arendse <michelan@addynamo.com>
> Hi,
> Thanks for the responses but it's still not what I am really looking for.
> The row id looks something like: number_string so it would be 123_foo,
123_foo2 123_foo3.
> So now I want to find all the foo's that are related to the first half of
the key which is "123".
> Also I can't add start row if I do not know where 123 starts. And I can't
search for the start row, as I need this to be very fast.
> Thanks.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ryan Rawson [mailto:ryanobjc@gmail.com]
> Sent: 17 August 2010 09:01 PM
> To: user@hbase.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Scanning half a key or value in HBase
> Hey,
> One thing to watch out for is ascii with separator variable length
> keys, you would think if your key structure was:
> foo:bar
> starting at 'foo' and ending at 'foo:' might give you only keys which
> start with 'foo:' but this doesn't work like that.  You also get keys
> like:
> foo123:bar
> you must start the scan at 'foo:' but you can't just end it at 'foo;'
> (since next(:) == ';' in ascii), this has to do with the ordering of
> ASCII, for a reference look at http://www.asciitable.com/
> The bug-free solution is to start your scan at 'foo:' and use a prefix
> filter set to 'foo:'.
> If you are scanning fixed-width keys, eg: binary conversions of longs,
> then the [start,start+1) solution works.
> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:59 AM, Andrey Stepachev <octo47@gmail.com>
>> Use scan where start key is <first_half_of_key> itself as bytearray, and
>> stop key is <first_half_of_key> with last byte in bytearray + 1.
>> example
>> abc% should be scan(abc, abd)
>> 2010/8/17 Michelan Arendse <michelan@addynamo.com>:
>>> Hi
>>> I am not sure if this is possible in HBase. What I am trying to do is
scan on a HBase table with something similar to how SQL would do it.
>>> e.g. SELECT *
>>>         FROM <table>
>>>         WHERE <primary key> LIKE '<first_half_of_key>%' ;
>>> So as you can see from above I want to scan the table with only part of
the row key, since the key is a combination of 2 fields in the table.
>>> Regards,
>>> Michelan Arendse

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