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Santhosh Srinivasan resolved PIG-664.
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      Resolution: Fixed
    Hadoop Flags: [Reviewed]

Patch has been committed.

> Semantics of * is not consistent
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>
>                 Key: PIG-664
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-664
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: impl
>    Affects Versions: types_branch
>            Reporter: Santhosh Srinivasan
>            Assignee: Santhosh Srinivasan
>             Fix For: types_branch
>
>         Attachments: PIG-664.patch
>
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> The semantics of * is not consistent in PIG. The use of * with generate 
> results in the all the columns of the record being flattened. However, the 
> use of * as an input to a UDF results in a tuple (wrapped in another tuple). 
> For consistency, * should always result in all the columns of the record 
> (i.e., flattened). The use of * occurs in:
> 1. Foreach generate: E.g.: foreach input generate *;
> 2. Input to UDFs: E.g. foreach input generate myUDF(*);
> 3. Order by: E.g.: order input by *;
> 4. (Co)Group: E.g.: group a by *; cogroup a by *, b by *;
> In terms of implementation, this involves rolling back the fix introduced in 
> PIG-597 and fixing the following builtin UDFs:
> 1. ARITY - Should return the size of the input tuple instead of extracting 
> the first column of the input tuple
> 2. SIZE - Should return the size of the input tuple instead of extracting the 
> first column of the input tuple

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