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What is a Managed table in Hive?

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Managed tables are the tables in which files, metadata and statistics etc are managed by internal Hive processes. Hive creates Managed tables by default. When we drop a managed table or partition, then all the metadata and data associated with the table is also deleted.

We use Managed tables, when we want Hive to manage the lifecycle of a table. Even for temporary

 

tables, we use managed tables in Hive.

When we run DESCRIBE FORMATTED tableName statement, it displays whether a table is MANAGED_TABLE or EXTERNAL_TABLE.

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