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  1. Apache Drill
  2. DRILL-5464

Fix JSON reader when it deals with empty file



    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 1.12.0
    • Component/s: None
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      An empty json file is the one without any json object. If we query an empty json file asking it to return column 'A', Drill's JSON record reader would return a batch with 0 row, and put column 'A' as a nullable int column. A better name for such column might be phantom columns, as the record reader does not have any knowledge of the column schema, and the nullable int column is just a guessed schema.

      However, that processing could introduce many issues. Consider if we have a directory consisting of multiple json files and at least one of them is empty. If column 'A' is returned as nullable-int column from the reader over the empty file, while the other json files contains a real typed column 'A', that would cause query hit many issues, including 1) SchemaChangeException, 2) failed in certain operator which does not detect SchemaChange, 3) or incorrect query result, since the run-time code is generated over a phantom column type, not a real type.

      For instance, the following query against yelp json file run successfully.

      select count(*), stars  from dfs.`/tmp/yelp/yelp_academic_dataset_review.json` group by stars;

      If an empty json file is added to the directory, the query would fail with the following error (which falls into the 2nd category : PartitionSender did not detect schema change properly).

      select count(*), stars  from dfs.`/tmp/yelp` group by stars;
      Error: SYSTEM ERROR: IllegalStateException: Failure while reading vector.  Expected vector class of org.apache.drill.exec.vector.NullableIntVector but was holding vector class org.apache.drill.exec.vector.NullableBigIntVector, field= stars(BIGINT:OPTIONAL)[$bits$(UINT1:REQUIRED), stars(BIGINT:OPTIONAL)]


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                jni Jinfeng Ni
                jni Jinfeng Ni
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