The proxy thrift IDL does not declare any default values for the Key struct. This means that timestamp will default to 0. However, in Java it defaults to Long.MAX_VALUE. This means that ranges created through the proxy may behave differently than ranges created in Java. For example, say in Ruby I create a range as follows
This range will not include any keys in row1 that don't have a column family, qualifier, or visibility since timestamp of 0 sorts last. If I created the same range in Java, those keys would be included.
Change the thrift IDL to declare 0x7FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF (Long.MAX_VALUE) as the default value for timstamp so that the thrift-generated Key class behaves the same way as the Java version.
Keith Turner pointed me to the getRowRange helper method on the AccumuloProxy service. This method helps in some cases, but not the case I mentioned above since I have two arbitrary rows. Also, in looking through the code in ProxyServer, Keith noticed that the code does not seem to handle timestamps correctly. For example, the getRowRange method does not pass a timestamp at all (not even the EMPTY value). Also, the internal helper method getProxyKey ignores the timestamp on the incoming key.