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Dmitriy V. Ryaboy updated PIG-760:
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    Status: Open  (was: Patch Available)

> Serialize schemas for PigStorage() and other storage types.
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>                 Key: PIG-760
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-760
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: David Ciemiewicz
>            Assignee: Dmitriy V. Ryaboy
>             Fix For: 0.7.0
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>         Attachments: pigstorageschema-2.patch, pigstorageschema.patch, 
> pigstorageschema_3.patch
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> I'm finding PigStorage() really convenient for storage and data interchange 
> because it compresses well and imports into Excel and other analysis 
> environments well.
> However, it is a pain when it comes to maintenance because the columns are in 
> fixed locations and I'd like to add columns in some cases.
> It would be great if load PigStorage() could read a default schema from a 
> .schema file stored with the data and if store PigStorage() could store a 
> .schema file with the data.
> I have tested this out and both Hadoop HDFS and Pig in -exectype local mode 
> will ignore a file called .schema in a directory of part files.
> So, for example, if I have a chain of Pig scripts I execute such as:
> A = load 'data-1' using PigStorage() as ( a: int , b: int );
> store A into 'data-2' using PigStorage();
> B = load 'data-2' using PigStorage();
> describe B;
> describe B should output something like { a: int, b: int }

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