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Hive does not provide an easy way to unset or remove a property. If you wish to switch from using URL or schema to the other, set the to-be-ignored value to none and the AvroSerde will treat it as if it were not set.

HBase Integration

Hive 0.14.0 onward supports storing and querying Avro objects in HBase columns by making them visible as structs to Hive. This allows Hive to perform ad hoc analysis of HBase data which can be deeply structured. Prior to 0.14.0, the HBase Hive integration only supported querying primitive data types in columns. See Avro Data Stored in HBase Columns for details.

If something goes wrong

Hive tends to swallow exceptions from the AvroSerde that occur before job submission. To force Hive to be more verbose, it can be started with *hive --hiveconf hive.root.logger=INFO,console*, which will spit orders of magnitude more information to the console and will likely include any information the AvroSerde is trying to get you about what went wrong. If the AvroSerde encounters an error during MapReduce, the stack trace will be provided in the failed task log, which can be examined from the JobTracker's web interface. The AvroSerde only emits the AvroSerdeException; look for these. Please include these in any bug reports. The most common is expected to be exceptions while attempting to serializing an incompatible type from what Avro is expecting.


The AvroSerde returns this message when it has trouble finding or parsing the schema provided by either the avro.schema.literal or avro.avro.schema.url value. It is unable to be more specific because Hive expects all calls to the serde config methods to be successful, meaning we are unable to return an actual exception. By signaling an error via this message, the table is left in a good state and the incorrect value can be corrected with a call to alter table T set TBLPROPERTIES.