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Make a Cow Display Query Results in VSQL

I used to have fun with the amusing old Linux command Cowsay. It inserts any input into a word bubble and draws an ASCII cow to talk to you. You can make the cow display your query results in VSQL! Helpful Links: Have fun!
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Stop a Stubborn Query that Won’t Cancel

Sometimes a running SQL statement hangs and cannot be stopped using the CLOSE_SESSION or INTERRUPT_STATEMENT function. To stop it, first grab the culprit’s SESSION_ID, TRANSACTION_ID, and STATEMENT_ID from the QUERY_REQUESTS system table, then you can move it to a resource pool that has no resources! After the move and subsequent re-plan, the query will “usually”...
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Change Your User Password in VSQL with a Meta-Command

The \password VSQL meta-command can be used to change your database user’s password! The admin user can change the database password for any user: Helpful Link: Have fun!
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View the History of Connection Load Balance Operations

The Data Collector table DC_LOAD_BALANCE_OPERATIONS tracks the history of connection load balance operations. Helpful Links: Have fun!
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Load Balance Older Clients (That You Can’t Upgrade for Some Weird Reason)

Native connection load balancing is a feature built into the Vertica Analytic Database server and client libraries as well as . To load balance vsql you can use the - -enable-connection-load-balance or -C command line options. In really old versions of vsql those options did not exist. How do you load balance connections from those...
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Testing the Native Load Balancer

Native connection load balancing is a feature built into the Vertica Analytic Database server and client libraries as well as . The RUN_LOAD_BALANCE_POLICY function returns a string formatted as address:port that results from running the current Native Load Balancer policy. It’s a great tool for testing after enabling a new Load Balance Policy! Because the...
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Diving into Disk Usage

Would you like to know how much disk space Vertica is using as it runs? This could be useful for capacity planning, monitoring trends, or debugging. Here are some ways to follow disk usage trends and also look at temporary events like Tuple Mover and Join Spills: Helpful Link: Have fun!
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Find and Fix Issues from Vertica Query Events

Vertica offers tools like the Workload Analyzer in Management Console (MC) to tune up a Vertica Cluster, but there's a simple way to find and fix issues that Vertica observes and records if you aren't using MC. The query_events table captures optimization issues and suggests fixes. Let's take a look at my demo cluster, checking...
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Find the Busiest Hour in the Day for I/O

The IO_USAGE system table provides disk I/O bandwidth usage history for the system. You can query it to find out interesting IO statistics like which hour of the day has the most IO usage on your Vertica cluster! Helpful Link: Have fun!
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Theoretical Maximum Number of Rows Per Table Per Node

The Vertica Table size limit is documented to be 2^64 rows per node. Just how big is that number? That’s 18+ Sextillion rows! I’ve been tracking in a Vertica table, the number of text messages my daughter has sent/received since she first got a cell phone at the age of twelve. Now twelve years later,...

Streaming Data in One Line!

Remember that game show, "Name That Tune", where contestants were challenged to name a tune in as few notes as possible? Today's tip converts that for Vertica Big Data, showing how we can ingest streaming data in just one line! A simple way to stream data is to write CSV rows to a network socket....
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Watch those Delete Vectors!

Vertica is very good at ingesting data, compressing it, and querying at high speed. The trade-off here is that the data is stored in large block files called ROS containers. These containers can grow to large sizes, sometimes over 10 GB, and this makes it impractical to decompress and edit the files during updates and...