sortWithinPartitions in Structured Streaming

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sortWithinPartitions in Structured Streaming

Kimahriman
Currently, all sorting is disallowed with structured streaming queries. Not
allowing global sorting makes sense, as you can't sort an infinite list, but
could non-global sorting (i.e. sortWithinPartitions) be allowed? I'm running
into this with an external source I'm using, but not sure if this would be
useful to file sources as well. I have to foreachBatch so that I can do a
sortWithinPartitions.

Two main questions:
- Does a local sort cause issues with any exactly-once guarantees streaming
queries provides? I can't say I know or understand how these semantics work.
Or are there other issues I can't think of this would cause?

- Is the change as simple as changing the unsupported operations check to
only look for global sorts instead of all sorts?

The only other discussion on this topic I found is  here
<http://apache-spark-user-list.1001560.n3.nabble.com/How-to-preserve-event-order-per-key-in-Structured-Streaming-Repartitioning-By-Key-td34096.html>
, which suggested the local sort might be something to consider allowing in
structured streaming.



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