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From Don Drake <>
Subject Outer Explode needed
Date Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:18:36 GMT
I have a nested data structure (array of structures) that I'm using the DSL
df.explode() API to flatten the data.  However, when the array is empty,
I'm not getting the rest of the row in my output as it is skipped.

This is the intended behavior, and Hive supports a SQL "OUTER explode()" to
generate the row when the explode would not yield any output.

Can we get this same outer explode in the DSL?  I have to jump through some
outer join hoops to get the rows where the array is empty.



Donald Drake
Drake Consulting <>

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