Github user xndai commented on a diff in the pull request:

    https://github.com/apache/orc/pull/151#discussion_r132589551
  
    --- Diff: c++/include/orc/Reader.hh ---
    @@ -288,6 +288,17 @@ namespace orc {
         virtual uint64_t getCompressionSize() const = 0;
     
         /**
    +     * Get ID of writer that generated the file.
    +     * Current availiable Orc writers:
    +     * 0 = ORC Java
    +     * 1 = ORC C++
    +     * 2 = Presto
    +     * @param id out parameter for writer id
    +     * @return true if writer id is availiable, false if otherwise
    +     */
    +    virtual bool getWriterId(uint32_t & id) const = 0;
    --- End diff --
    
    Will there be any files generated by old Presto writer without an ID? Also 
if we choose to return ORC_FUTURE, there's no way to determine the actual 
writer ID. 


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