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Version: v4.16


Reads and writes the Feather file format, a thin wrapper around Apache Arrow's IPC wire format.





feather [—compression-type=<type>] [—compression-level=<level] [—min—space-savings=<rate>]


The feather format provides both a parser and a printer for Feather files and Apache Arrow IPC streams.


Tenzir currently assumes that all Feather files and Arrow IPC streams use metadata recognized by Tenzir. We plan to lift this restriction in the future.

--compression-type (Printer)

Specifies an optional compression type. Supported options are zstd for Zstandard compression and lz4 for LZ4 Frame compression.

Why would I use this over the compress operator?

The Feather format offers more efficient compression compared to the compress operator. This is because it compresses the data column-by-column, leaving metadata that needs to be accessed frequently uncompressed.

--compression-level (Printer)

An optional compression level for the corresponding compression type. This option is ignored if no compression type is specified.

Defaults to the compression type's default compression level.

--min-space-savings (Printer)

An optional minimum space savings percentage required for compression to be applied. This option is ignored if no compression is specified. The provided value must be between 0 and 1 inclusive.

Defaults to 0, i.e., always applying compression.

Space savings are calculated as 1.0 - compressed_size / uncompressed_size. E.g., for a minimum space savings rate of 0.1 a 100-byte body buffer will not be compressed if its expected compressed size exceeds 90 bytes.


Read a Feather file via the from operator:

from /tmp/data.feather --mmap read feather

Write a Zstd-compressed Feather file via to operator:

to /tmp/suricata.feather write feather --compression-type zstd