I want to use the BI Connector to access the documents in tabular form. In general this works very nice. The only downfall is lack of support for Binary fields. I have yet to find any information on this problem. Is this technically not possible or not supported for a specific reason? is it planned to be supported in the future?
The only hint I’ve found is in the release notes stating
mongodrdl ignores binary fields when generating DRDL files.
When Binary fields are present in documents they are simply omitted. If you try to map them using a custom schema you get errors. For example:
MongoType: bson.Binary SqlType: binary
MongoType: bson.Binary SqlType: varchar
resulting in errors
...unable to create database "..." from drdl: unable to create table "..." from drdl: unable to create column "binary_data" from drdl: unsupported Mongo type: "bson.Binary" on column "binary_data"
... unsupported SQL type: "binary" on column "binary_data" ...