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Alex Newman commented on PIG-759:
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Someone can feel free to assign this to me. I will fix up the syntax also. 
Should we switch everything from Strings to bytes, is that even possible to 
pass to with PIG?

> HBaseStorage scheme for Load/Slice function
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>
>                 Key: PIG-759
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-759
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Gunther Hagleitner
>         Attachments: patch.p1
>
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> We would like to change the HBaseStorage function to use a scheme when 
> loading a table in pig. The scheme we are thinking of is: "hbase". So in 
> order to load an hbase table in a pig script the statement should read:
> {noformat}
> table = load 'hbase://<tablename>' using HBaseStorage();
> {noformat}
> If the scheme is omitted pig would assume the tablename to be an hdfs path 
> and the storage function would use the last component of the path as a table 
> name and output a warning.
> For details on why see jira issue: PIG-758

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