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From Michael Armbrust <>
Subject Re: join two DataFrames, same column name
Date Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:25:47 GMT
You can include * and a column alias in the same select clause
var df1 = sqlContext.sql("select *, column_id AS table1_id from table1")

I'm also hoping to resolve SPARK-6376
<> before Spark 1.3.1 which
will let you do something like:
var df1 = sqlContext.sql("select * from table1").as("t1")
var df2 = sqlContext.sql("select * from table2).as("t2")
df1.join(df2, df1("column_id") === df2("column_id")).select("t1.column_id")

Finally, there is SPARK-6380
<> that hopes to simplify
this particular case.


On Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Eric Friedman <>

> I have a couple of data frames that I pulled from SparkSQL and the primary
> key of one is a foreign key of the same name in the other.  I'd rather not
> have to specify each column in the SELECT statement just so that I can
> rename this single column.
> When I try to join the data frames, I get an exception because it finds
> the two columns of the same name to be ambiguous.  Is there a way to
> specify which side of the join comes from data frame A and which comes from
> B?
> var df1 = sqlContext.sql("select * from table1")
> var df2 = sqlContext.sql("select * from table2)
> df1.join(df2, df1("column_id") === df2("column_id"))

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