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From Ankit Singhal <>
Subject Re: phoenix query modtime
Date Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:27:23 GMT
Yes, and also to avoid returning an incomplete row for the same primary key
because of different timestamp for the column's cell.

On Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 4:20 AM, Randy Hu <> wrote:

> First HBase does not have a concept of "row timestamp". Timestamp is part
> of each cell. The closest to row timestamp is probably the latest timestamp
> from all cells with same row key.
> The reason that timestamp column need to be part of primary key is that
> there could be multiple values with different timestamps but same row key,
> family. and qualifier. The SQL result data model does not support such two
> dimension structure well. The best Phoenix can do in the SQL model is to
> return list of values in array, but then the cell timestamp need to be
> returned in another array with same length under different column name. You
> can imagine the mess and awkwardness it could be if going to that
> direction. It's much straightforward to make time stamp part of primary
> key, so the two dimension structure could be represented by multiple rows
> naturally in SQL result.
> Randy
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