Data Requirements

Currently sequins only supports one input file format: SequenceFile. There're a few specifics to keep in mind. These instructions are specific to Hadoop Map/Reduce, but should be adaptable to other tools that use the same paradigms.


You can use either BLOCK or RECORD compression for SequenceFiles, or leave them uncompressed. Both snappy and gzip are supported.

Key and Value Serialization

Hadoop often writes SequenceFiles with individual key and value serializations; in this way, SequenceFile is generic.

Sequins supports any key and value serialization, but has some exceptions for the commons ones. In particular, and are unwrapped, and the actual underlying bytes are used. For example, if you have a SequenceFile[BytesWritable, Text] and a record is saved as:

context.write(new BytesWritable("foo".getBytes("ASCII")), new Text("bar"))

Then you can query the value at /mydata/foo, as you'd expect.

However, with other serializations, sequins doesn't do any converting for you, and you'll need to consider how the data actually looks on disk. This can be a bit tricky. Let's say you have a SequenceFile[IntWritable, IntWritable] and you write the tuple (42, 100). Hadoop serializes a IntWritable as an unsigned int321, so you'd need to query it as such:

$ curl localhost:9599/mydata/%00%00%00%2A | hexdump
0000000 00 00 00 64
1. IntWritable represents a signed int, but it's cast first; so -42 would be %FF%FF%FF%D6.

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