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Yiping Han commented on PIG-602:
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Alan, this plan looks good for our requirements.

> Pass global configurations to UDF
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>
>                 Key: PIG-602
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-602
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: impl
>            Reporter: Yiping Han
>            Assignee: Alan Gates
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> We are seeking an easy way to pass a large number of global configurations to 
> UDFs.
> Since our application contains many pig jobs, and has a large number of 
> configurations. Passing configurations through command line is not an ideal 
> way (i.e. modifying single parameter needs to change multiple command lines). 
> And to put everything into the hadoop conf is not an ideal way either.
> We would like to see if Pig can provide such a facility that allows us to 
> pass a configuration file in some format(XML?) and then make it available 
> through out all the UDFs.

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