Sqoop importing into Hive - supported file formats

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Sqoop importing into Hive - supported file formats

Hi, I'm new to Hadoop.  We are using CDH5.  I am managing to use sqoop to load from Teradata into Hive as textfile, but that seems to be the only supported option.  It seems like avro should work, but when I specify --as-avrodatafile, I get a null pointer exception.

I'm using sqoop version 1.4.6-cdh5.7.1, which is using "Cloudera Connector Powered by Teradata' on version 1.4c5" - is avro expected to work?  Or do I need to avoid sqoop, and use TDCH if I want to import into Hive in anything apart from textfile?