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From Sean Owen <>
Subject Re: How to 'Pipe' Binary Data in Apache Spark
Date Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:20:26 GMT
Well it looks like you're reading some kind of binary file as text.
That isn't going to work, in Spark or elsewhere, as binary data is not
even necessarily the valid encoding of a string. There are no line
breaks to delimit lines and thus elements of the RDD.

Your input has some record structure (or else it's not really useful
to put it into an RDD). You can encode this as a SequenceFile and read
it with objectFile.

You could also write a custom InputFormat that knows how to parse pcap
records directly.

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:09 PM, Nick Allen <> wrote:
> I have an RDD containing binary data. I would like to use 'RDD.pipe' to pipe
> that binary data to an external program that will translate it to
> string/text data. Unfortunately, it seems that Spark is mangling the binary
> data before it gets passed to the external program.
> This code is representative of what I am trying to do. What am I doing
> wrong? How can I pipe binary data in Spark?  Maybe it is getting corrupted
> when I read it in initially with 'textFile'?
> bin = sc.textFile("binary-data.dat")
> csv = bin.pipe ("/usr/bin/")
> csv.saveAsTextFile("text-data.csv")
> Specifically, I am trying to use Spark to transform pcap (packet capture)
> data to text/csv so that I can perform an analysis on it.
> Thanks!
> --
> Nick Allen <>

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