C.6. Changing Compression Schemes

A frequent question on the dist-list is how to change compression schemes for ColumnFamilies. This is actually quite simple, and can be done via an alter command. Because the compression scheme is encoded at the block-level in StoreFiles, the table does not need to be re-created and the data does not copied somewhere else. Just make sure the old codec is still available until you are sure that all of the old StoreFiles have been compacted.

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