ASF GitHub Bot logged work on BEAM-8157:

                Author: ASF GitHub Bot
            Created on: 08/Nov/19 22:56
            Start Date: 08/Nov/19 22:56
    Worklog Time Spent: 10m 
      Work Description: tweise commented on pull request #9997: [BEAM-8157] Fix 
key encoding issues for state requests with unknown coders / Improve debugging 
and testing
URL: https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/9997#discussion_r344398451

 File path: 
 @@ -134,6 +138,69 @@ private PortablePipelineResult 
+  /**
+   * Patches all input coders of stateful ExecutableStage transforms. Stateful 
transforms aways have
+   * a KvCoder as input. Flink partitions the data based on the serialized 
version of the key. This
+   * key must retain the same binary representation to be able to serve the 
state in state requests
+   * from the SDK Harness from the correct partition. If the binary 
representation does not match,
+   * this will result in inconsistent checkpoints because keys are associated 
to a Flink key group
+   * which does not belong to the key group range of the state handling 
+   */
+  private static RunnerApi.Pipeline lengthPrefixKeyCoderOfStatefulStages(
 Review comment:
   It appears that this should be the "default" behavior to produce a 
consistent representation of the pipeline for runner consumption. Since the 
code here isn't Flink specific, it should move to a common package.
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Issue Time Tracking

    Worklog Id:     (was: 340796)
    Time Spent: 8h 50m  (was: 8h 40m)

> Key encoding for state requests is not consistent across SDKs
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: BEAM-8157
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-8157
>             Project: Beam
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: runner-flink
>    Affects Versions: 2.13.0
>            Reporter: Maximilian Michels
>            Assignee: Maximilian Michels
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: 2.17.0
>          Time Spent: 8h 50m
>  Remaining Estimate: 0h
> The Flink runner requires the internal key to be encoded without a length 
> prefix (OUTER context). The user state request handler exposes a serialized 
> version of the key to the Runner. This key is encoded with the NESTED context 
> which may add a length prefix. We need to convert it to OUTER context to 
> match the Flink runner's key encoding.
> So far this has not caused the Flink Runner to behave incorrectly. However, 
> with the upcoming support for Flink 1.9, the state backend will not accept 
> requests for keys not part of any key group/partition of the operator. This 
> is very likely to happen with the encoding not being consistent.
> **NOTE** This is only applicable to the Java SDK, as the Python SDK uses 
> OUTER encoding for the key in state requests.

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