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Component/s: Query Processor
Tags:external table regex
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE should allow users to cherry-pick files via regular expression.
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE was designed to allow users to access data that exists outside of Hive, and
currently makes the assumption that all of the files located under the supplied path should be included
in the new table. Users frequently encounter directories containing multiple
datasets, or directories that contain data in heterogeneous schemas, and it's often
impractical or impossible to adjust the layout of the directory to meet the requirements of
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE. A good example of this problem is creating an external table based
on the contents of an S3 bucket.
One way to solve this problem is to extend the syntax of CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE
LOCATION path [file_regex]
Creates mytable1 which includes all files in s3:/my.bucket with a filename matching 'folder/2009*.bz2'
Creates mytable2 including all files matching 'xyz*2009????.bz2' located under hdfs://data/