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Extracting raw data from hdfs

I have tested multiple ways to get data from hdfs. There is two situations:

The data fits in a local node RAM memory:

# will produce a local csv
sql("select * from my_table where true")
    .toPandas()
    .to_csv("myLocalFile.csv", encoding="utf8")
# otherwise spark shell keeps running
exit(0)
# run the python script:
PYTHONSTARTUP=my/python/path/prog.py pyspark --master yarn [...]

The dataset does not fit into RAM memory:

# will produce some csv on hdfs
sql("select * from my_table where true")
    .write()
    .format("csv")
    .save("/output/dir/on/hdfs/")
# otherwise spark shell keeps running
exit(0)
# run the python script:
PYTHONPATH=my/python/path/prog.py pyspark --master yarn [...]
# merge the files on the local filesystem
hadoop fs -getmerge /output/dir/on/hdfs/ /desired/local/output/file.csv
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