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From Felix GV <fe...@mate1inc.com>
Subject Re: Sqoop converting timestamp field to string
Date Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:44:08 GMT
You can use --map-column-hive to manually specify which columns should be
mapped to a timestamp instead of a string. See the sqoop
more info.

A couple caveats:

   - I don't know of any way of changing the default sqoop behavior so you
   don't need to manually name all relevant columns in every table you're
   - MySQL's date columns break when converted with this mapping (datetime
   and timestamp work, but not date). In order to map a MySQL date column, I
   had to use a custom query that converted the column to a datetime (with
   00:00:00 time values) inside of MySQL so that sqoop doesn't choke on it.
   Obviously, this is even more annoying than having to set --map-column-hive,
   since it makes each sqoop command even more ad-hoc.
   - In the end, although all of that worked (in a very ad-hoc manner), we
   decided to drop it all and just go with string columns in Hive, since all
   (or most) of the Hive date-related
only strings as input parameters, and not timestamps, so having
   timestamp columns meant we had to use to_date(string timestamp) inside of
   each Hive date function, which made all of our queries a bit unwieldy, and
   also (I assume) precluded us from gaining any speed advantages from having
   timestamps instead of strings.

The last point makes me think Hive timestamps are not really ready
for prime time yet... They seem to be tacked on top of the system in a way
that's fully well integrated.

Please let me know if you think I'm drawing the wrong conclusions from this
:) ...!


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 6:23 AM, Santosh Achhra <santoshachhra@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello,
> I am using hive version 0.9 which supports timestamp fields. When I import
> data using sqoop using hive-import option, sqoop converts timestamp fields
> to string.
> sqoop version is Sqoop 1.4.1-cdh4.1.0
> Good wishes,always !
> Santosh

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