giamo commented on a change in pull request #24405: [SPARK-27506][SQL] Allow 
deserialization of Avro data using compatible schemas
URL: https://github.com/apache/spark/pull/24405#discussion_r314221371
 
 

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 File path: 
external/avro/src/main/scala/org/apache/spark/sql/avro/functions.scala
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 @@ -28,39 +28,59 @@ object functions {
 // scalastyle:on: object.name
 
   /**
-   * Converts a binary column of avro format into its corresponding catalyst 
value. The specified
-   * schema must match the read data, otherwise the behavior is undefined: it 
may fail or return
-   * arbitrary result.
+   * Converts a binary column of avro format into its corresponding catalyst 
value. If a writer's
+   * schema is provided, a different (but compatible) schema can be used for 
reading. If no writer's
+   * schema is provided, the specified schema must match the read data, 
otherwise the behavior is
+   * undefined: it may fail or return arbitrary result.
    *
    * @param data the binary column.
    * @param jsonFormatSchema the avro schema in JSON string format.
+   * @param writerJsonFormatSchema the avro schema in JSON string format used 
to serialize the data.
    *
    * @since 3.0.0
    */
   @Experimental
   def from_avro(
       data: Column,
-      jsonFormatSchema: String): Column = {
-    new Column(AvroDataToCatalyst(data.expr, jsonFormatSchema, Map.empty))
+      jsonFormatSchema: String,
+      writerJsonFormatSchema: Option[String]): Column = {
 
 Review comment:
   You can create an Option in Java using `Option.apply(...)`

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