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From James Taylor <>
Subject Re: Query All Dynamic Columns
Date Wed, 26 Dec 2018 21:55:25 GMT
Persisting dynamic column names+types in Phoenix is exactly what views are

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 12:05 PM Vincent Poon <>

> A lot of work is currently going into handling large numbers of views -
> splittable syscat, view management, etc... but agree that it's not ideal.
> There's currently no built-in way to do what you want AFAIK, but you can
> manage the columns yourself in a separate table:
> - store them all in a single column value, and read that value before
> doing your query.  HBase checkAndMutate for locking.
> or
> - store each column as separate rows.  Then you can do things like filter
> by column name efficiently.
> You could 'soft delete' by removing the entries.
> Would be a nice improvement to have an option to persist dynamic column
> names+types in Phoenix.
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 12:18 PM Clay Baenziger (BLOOMBERG/ 731 LEX) <
>> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> A user of mine brought up a question around dynamic columns in Phoenix
>> today. The quantity of columns should become asymptotic to a few tends of
>> thousands of columns as their data fills in.
>> The user want to query all columns in a table and they are today thinking
>> of using views to do this -- but it is ugly management. They have an
>> unbounded number of views -- which will pollute the global catalog and fail
>> relatively quickly.
>> Has anyone thought about the potentially wasteful[1] approach of scanning
>> all rows in a query to determine columns and then re-running the query for
>> the rows once we know what columns the SQL result will contain. Maybe
>> something cleaner like persisting the set of columns in the statistics
>> table and a SELECT * may return columns with nothing but nulls. Or, even
>> better is there an overall better way to model such a wide schema in
>> Phoenix?
>> -Clay
>> [1]: Perhaps some heuristics could allow for not needing to do 2n reads
>> in all cases?

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