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Announcing Vertica 9.3 Instructor-Led Training Courses

Just in time for the release of version 9.3, Vertica is pleased to announce the release of two updated instructor-led training courses: Vertica 9.3 Essentials and Vertica 9.3 Descriptive Analytics. A description of each course follows: Vertica 9.3 Essentials This 4-day course explores the capabilities of the Vertica platform solution in Enterprise mode, and prepares...
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Vertica Big Data Conference 2020 – Are You Excited Yet?

The Vertica Big Data Conference (BDC) clock is ticking and my excitement is growing by the minute! I want to make sure that our Vertica community is up to date on the latest news, especially some of the General Session speakers and Breakout tracks. And let’s not forget one of the most special components of...
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Get the Row Count from an Outer Table Join

Aggregate functions summarize data over groups of rows from a query result set. When using an aggregate function like COUNT with an "*" or "1" parameter value, you may get a different result when the query implements a LEFT join verses an INNER join. If you want a row count of just the rows from...
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Tracking Raw Schema Size Over Time

There is no way to go back in time to see how large a schema was a day/month/year ago. But you can use the AUDIT function to get a “raw” size of a schema and track growth over time by storing the results from a daily audit. Using cron, you can run this daily. Helpful...
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Have VSQL Beep Upon Command Completion

There are a lot of cool command line options available to VSQL. One of my favorites is the –b option which causes Vertica to “beep” when a command completes. This is very useful if you are running a very long sequence of SQL commands via a script. You can go off and do other things...
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Easy Development Schema Cleanup (i.e., Have Vertica Drop a Bunch of Tables for You)

On a development database, I have a lot of tables in the PUBLIC schema having similar names starting with “test_”. I’d like to drop all of these tables quickly. To do that, I can have Vertica generate the DROP commands and then execute them for me! P.S. Be careful with this command! Make sure when...
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Investigate Data Collector Table Data Produced by Scrutinize

The diagnostics tool scrutinize collects a broad range of information from a Vertica cluster. Part of the output from scrutinize includes data collector table data. Once extracted, we can easily load the data from a data collector table file into a Vertica Flex Table for analysis! Let’s take a look at the data from the...
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Load Data Enclosed By and Embedded With Double Quotes

Loading string data that is enclosed in double quotes where the string also contains double quotes can be problematic. We could alter the data so that it includes an escape character prior to each embedded double quote, but maybe that’s not possible. Another solution would be to use a FILLER to load the data then...
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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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Strong Winds of Change at Chief Data & Analytics Officers Event

Last week, Vertica sponsored the . As a first-time sponsor, we were cautiously optimistic that we could meet with data and analytics leaders that were, according to event organizer IQPC, “…on the forefront of capitalizing on data and analytics in the enterprise as the volume, availability, and complexity of data continues to increase and evolve.”...