Hive does not assume that it owns the data for an external table. Thus when an
external table is dropped, the data is not deleted. People often use this as a
way to load data into a directory in HDFS and then “cast” a table structure
over it by creating an external table with that directory as its location.
> On Dec 1, 2016, at 06:15, Huang Meilong <ims...@outlook.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I found an enum TableType in package org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore. What's
> the difference between MANAGED_TABLE and EXTERNAL_TABLE?
> Will the table be an EXTERNAL TABLE with setting table type EXTERNAL_TABLE
> when creating table?
> I found the code to determine whether a table is an external table in
> I'm confused what is EXTERNAL_TABLE in TableType for?