Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Release Notes
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Release Notes
Updated: March, 2015
Welcome to Pivotal Greenplum Database 4.3.2
Greenplum Database is a massively parallel processing (MPP) database server that supports next generation data warehousing and large-scale analytics processing. By automatically partitioning data and running parallel queries, it allows a cluster of servers to operate as a single database supercomputer performing tens or hundreds times faster than a traditional database. It supports SQL, MapReduce parallel processing, and data volumes ranging from hundreds of gigabytes, to hundreds of terabytes.
About Greenplum Database 4.3.2
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 is a maintenance release that introduces a number of significant new features, as well as performance and stability enhancements. Please refer to the following sections for more information about this release.
- Product Enhancements
- Changed Feature
- Downloading Greenplum Database
- Supported Platforms
- Resolved Issues in Greenplum Database 4.3.2
- Known Issues in Greenplum Database 4.3.2
- Upgrading to Greenplum Database 4.3.2
- Greenplum Database Tools Compatibility
- Greenplum Database Extensions Compatibility
- Hadoop Distribution Compatibility
- Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Documentation
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 includes these enhancements:
- Managing and Migrating Greenplum Database Objects and Data
- Managing Spill Files That Are Generated During Query Execution
- Improved Handling of SQL Queries That Read From External Tables
- Support of the CSV Format for HDFS External Tables
- Enhanced Support for Encrypted LDAP Authentication
- Enhanced Greenplum Command Center Performance
Managing and Migrating Greenplum Database Objects and Data
These Greenplum Database utility enhancements help manage and move database objects and data.
- Greenplum Database gptransfer utility has been added. The
gptransfer utility copies database
objects from databases in a source Greenplum Database system to databases in a
destination Greenplum Database system.
The gptransfer utility is supported only with the IPv4 protocol. The gptransfer utility is not supported with the IPv6 protocol.
- The Greenplum Database gpreload utility has been added. The gpreload utility reloads table data with column data sorted. For tables that were created with the table storage option APPENDONLY=TRUE and compression enabled, reloading the data with sorted data can improve table compression. You specify a list of tables to be reloaded the table column to be sorted.
- The --redirect and --report-status-dir options have been added to the Greenplum Database
--redirect: When restoring data from a backup created with the gpcrondump utility, you can specify a the --redirect option and a database name to restore data to a database that is different than the database specified during back up.
--report-status-dir: If you run a the gpcrondump operation with the -u option to specify the backup directory and that is read only, you can specify --report-status-dir so that gpcrondump writes the report files to a directory with write privileges. The --report-status-dir option specify the absolute path to the directory on the each Greenplum Database host (master and segment hosts) where gpdbrestore writes report status files for a restore operation.
For information about the Greenplum Database utilities, see the Greenplum Database Utility Guide.
Managing Spill Files That Are Generated During Query Execution
Greenplum Database creates spill files, also known as workfiles, on disk if it does not have sufficient memory to execute an SQL query in memory.
For Greenplum Database 4.3.2, the default value of 100,000 spill files is sufficient for the majority of queries. However, if you have determined that the query must create more than 100,000 spill files, you can increase the value of the Greenplum Database parameter configuration parameter New Server Configuration Parameters.
For information about managing spill files in Greenplum Database, see the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide. For information about the server configuration parameter gp_workfile_limit_files_per_query, see the Greenplum Database Reference Guide.
Improved Handling of SQL Queries That Read From External Tables
The new Greenplum Database server configuration parameter New Server Configuration Parameters controls the time that Greenplum Database waits for data from an SQL query that read data from an external table.
For information about Greenplum Database configuration parameters, see the Greenplum Database Reference Guide. For information about the external tables, see “Loading and Unloading Data” in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
Support of the CSV Format for HDFS External Tables
Greenplum Database external tables enable accessing external files as if they are regular database tables. For external files that contain data in the comma separated values (CSV) format on an Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Greenplum Database supports reading and writing the files with the Greenplum Database gphdfs protocol.
For information about the external tables, see “Loading and Unloading Data” in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
Enhanced Support for Encrypted LDAP Authentication
For Greenplum Database 4.3.2, support for encrypting communication between Greenplum Database and an LDAP server has been enhanced. Greenplum Database 4.3.2 supports LDAP authentication with the TLS/SSL protocol to encrypt communication with an LDAP server:
- LDAP authentication with STARTTLS and TLS
STARTTLS starts with an clear text connection (no encryption) and upgrades it to a secure connection (with encryption).
- LDAP authentication with a secure connection and
Greenplum Database uses the TLS or SSL protocol based on the protocol that is used by the LDAP server.
If no protocol is specified, Greenplum Database communicates with the LDAP server with a clear text connection.
For information about encrypting communication between Greenplum Database and an LDAP server, see “Configuring Client Authentication” in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
Enhanced Greenplum Command Center Performance
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 includes a new Greenplum Database configuration parameter that improves the performance of Greenplum Command Center when monitoring a Greenplum database.
The Greenplum Database configuration parameter New Server Configuration Parameters controls which message levels are written to the gpperfmon log. The log is used by the Greenplum Command Center.
For information about the Greenplum Database configuration parameter, see the Greenplum Database Reference Guide. For information about the Greenplum Command Center, see the Greenplum Command Center Administrator Guide.
The Greenplum Database PL/R extension package has been updated to reslove some PL/R issues. The package vesion is pv1.1.
New Server Configuration Parameters
This table lists the server configuration parameters introduced in Greenplum Database 4.3.2.
|gp_workfile_limit_files_per_query||integer||100000||Sets the maximum number of temporary
spill files (also known as workfiles) allowed per query per segment. Spill files
are created when executing a query that requires more memory than it is
allocated. The current query is terminated when the limit is exceeded.
Set the value to 0 (zero) to allow an unlimited number of spill files.
|gpperfmon_log_alert_level||none warning error fatal panic||none||Controls which message levels are
written to the gpperfmon log. Each level includes all the levels that follow it.
The later the level, the fewer messages are sent to the log.
Note: If the Greenplum Command Center is installed and is monitoring the database, the default value is warning.
|readable_external_table_timeout||integer >= 0||0||When an SQL query reads from an
external table, the parameter value specifies the amount of time in seconds that
Greenplum Database waits before cancelling the query when data stops being
returned from the external table.
The default value of 0, specifies no time out. Greenplum Database does not cancel the query.
If queries that use gpfdist run a long time and then return the error “intermittent network connectivity issues”, you can specify a value for readable_external_table_timeout. If no data is returned by gpfdist for the specified length of time, Greenplum Database cancels the query.
Downloading Greenplum Database
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 runs on the following platforms:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, and 6.5
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 64-bit 10 SP4, 11 SP1, 11 SP2
- Oracle Unbreakable Linux 64-bit 5.5
- CentOS 64-bit 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, and 6.2
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 supports Data Domain Boost on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
This table lists the versions of Data Domain Boost SDK and DDOS supported by Greenplum Database 4.3.x.
|Greenplum Database||Data Domain Boost||DDOS|
|184.108.40.206||220.127.116.11||5.2, 5.3, and 5.4|
|18.104.22.168||22.214.171.124||5.2, 5.3, and 5.4|
|126.96.36.199||188.8.131.52||184.108.40.206, 5.1, and 5.2|
- Greenplum Database 4.3.x, all versions, is supported on DCA V2, and requires DCA software version 220.127.116.11 or greater due to known DCA software issues in older DCA software versions.
- Greenplum Database 4.3.x, all versions, is supported on DCA V1, and requires DCA software version 18.104.22.168 or greater due to known DCA software issues in older DCA software versions.
Resolved Issues in Greenplum Database 4.3.2
The table below lists issues that are now resolved in Greenplum Database 4.3.2.
For issues resolved in prior 4.3 releases, refer to the corresponding release notes available from from Pivotal Network.
|24037||Client Access Methods and Tools||In some cases, when the SQLCancel function was used with the Greenplum Database ODBC driver to cancel the execution of a query, a rollback of the transaction did not occur.|
|23838||Loaders: Copy/ExternalTables||When the COPY command copied data from a file and the file contained the character sequence '\r\r\n', a postmaster reset occured.|
|23768||Query Execution||In some cases, the clean up of an aborted transaction was not handled correctly and caused a PANIC signal to be issued.|
|23751||Monitoring: gpperfmon server||A memory leak caused the gpmmon process to consume a large amount of memory and CPU resources.|
|23735||Languages: PL/Java||In some cases, Greenplum Database did not handle concurrent shared memory operations properly from PL/Java routines. This caused a PANIC signal to be issued.|
|23708||Backup and Restore||In some cases, running the Greenplum
Database gpdbrestore utility with the -T or
--table-file option failed with this error:
ValueError: need more than 1 value to unpack
|23706||Upgrade / Downgrade||The Greenplum Database installer did not support upgrading from a Greenplum Database hotfix.|
|23647||Vacuum||Performing a VACUUM operation on a partitioned append-optimized table did not correctly reduce the age of the parent table and child tables.|
|23631||Replication: Segment Mirroring||In some rare cases, the crash recovery of a segment mirror failed due to an inconsistent LSN.|
|23604||Interconnect||In some cases when a Greenplum Database process was cancelled on the Greenplum Database master, corresponding processes remained running on Greenplum Database segment instances.|
|23578||gphdfs||For Greenplum Database external tables, the gphdfs protocol that accesses data from files on HDFS now supports the CSV file format. See Support of the CSV Format for HDFS External Tables.|
|23546||Storage Access Methods||In some cases, a
DELETE command that contains a join between an append-optimized
table and heap table returned this error:
ERROR: tuple already updated by self
|23485||Transaction Management||When a single Greenplum Database
session ran transactions, temporary files were not removed after the transaction
completed. If a the session ran a large number of transactions, the temporary
files required a large amount of disk space.
This issue has been resolved.
|23417||Transaction Management||Some queries against an append-optimized table with compression enabled that containd a column with an unknown data type caused a Greenplum Database SIGSEGV error.|
|23227||Client Access Methods and Tools||For Greenplum Database with GSS Authentication enabled, the database role attribute Valid Until was ignored. The Valid Until parameter is now respected when GSS authentication is enabled.|
|23222||Client Access Methods and Tools||When Greenplum Database receives a
SIGSEGV when running the COPY command, Greenplum Database hangs
and continuously log this warning message:
copy: unexpected response (3)
|23204||Query Execution||In some cases, when a Greenplum Database segment fault occurred during the execution of a PL/R function, PL/R hung and continuously returned the same error message.|
|23202||Management Scripts: expansion||During the process of adding new hosts, the Greenplum Database expand utility gpexpand did not update the pg_hba.conf files on Greenplum Database hosts with the correct host information.|
|23174||Languages: R, PLR||In Greenplum Database, a signal handling issue in the R programming language caused a potential for postgres processes to hang when running PL/R functions.|
|23138||Replication: Segment Mirroring||The gprecoverseg utility failed to recover a Greenplum Database segment that was marked as down when the data directory location for the segment was a symbolic link, and a postgres process was running with the same PID as the PID associated with the down segment.|
|23067||Loaders: Copy/External Tables||In some cases, when an INSERT
FROM SELECT command was run that selected from readable external able
and inserted into writable external table, this warning was
WARNING select failed on curl_multi_fdset (maxfd 10) (4 - Interrupted system call)
|23038||Query Execution||When a query was run that contained a
polymorphic, user-defined aggregate function, and Greenplum Database was required
to create spill files on disk, the query failed with this error.
ERROR: could not determine actual argument type for polymorphic function
|23008||Dispatch||In some cases when temporary tables were used, Greenplum Database did not perform the clean up of temporary namespaces properly after a transaction completed and caused a SIGSEGV.|
|22914||Loaders: Copy/ExternalTables||When a query joined a heap table with an external table that used the gpfdist protocol, an incorrect plan that returned no results might have been chosen.|
|22787||Monitoring: gpperfmon server||In some cases, the Greenplum Database gpmmon process failed. The gpmmon process is used for Greenplum Database performance monitoring.|
|22784||Storage Access Methods||After a database expansion, some tables
created with APPENDONLY=TRUE and compression enabled consumed
much more disk space than before the expansion.
To reduce disk space in this situation, the Greenplum Database gpreload utility reloads table data with column data sorted.
|22706||Management Scripts: master mirroring||The Greenplum Database gpinitstandby
utility completed successfully, but returned an error when the $GPHOME/share directory was not
writable. Now, the utility returns this warning:
Please run gppkg --clean after successful standby initialization.
|22592||Backup and Restore||When the Greenplum Database gpdbrestore utility could not find files on the Greenplum Database master segment that are used to perform a restore operation, the utility did not return the correct error message.|
|22413||Query Planner||In some cases, a SQL query that contains the following returned incorrect results: a combination of a median function with other aggregates where the GROUP BY columns are a subset of the table's distribution columns.|
|22328||Management Scripts||When a Greenplum Database extension
package was updated with the Greenplum Database gppkg utility
option -u, gppkg did not warn the user that
updating a package includes removing all previous versions of the system objects
related to the package.
Now, the gppkg utility warns the user and lets the user cancel the operation.
|22265||Locking, Signals, Processes||Greenplum Database hung due to incorrect lock handling that caused a race condition. The lock handling issue was caused by a compiler optimization.|
|22205||Replication: Segment Mirroring||In some cases, running the Greenplum Database command gprecoverseg -r to rebalance segment instances failed and caused database catalog corruption.|
|21916||Interconnect||In some cases when the Greenplum Database query dispatcher encountered connection errors, a postmaster reset occured.|
|21867||DDL and Utility Statements||The performance of Greenplum Database truncate operations degraded between restarts of Greenplum Database.|
|21103||Query Execution||In Greenplum Database, support of subnormal double-precision (float8) numbers differed between Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. For example, the value 5e-309 was not handled consistently by Greenplum Database on RHEL 5 and RHEL 6. This issue has been resolved.|
|20600||Query Planner||For some SQL queries that contained a
subquery, this error message was returned:
ERROR: no parameter found for initplan subquery.
|20268||Loaders: Copy/ExternalTables||In some cases when a COPY command was run, improper memory handling caused a PANIC signal to be issued.|
|19949||Backup and Restore||If a Greenplum database was backed up and the database name contained upper-case characters, the Greenplum Database gpdbrestore utility did not restore the database with the correct name.|
|19660||Authentication||Greenplum Database supports LDAP authentication. Previously, an issue in Greenplum Database prevented LDAPS (LDAP over SSL) from functioning. This issue has been resolved. See Enhanced Support for Encrypted LDAP Authentication.|
|19246||Backup and Restore||When performing a selective restore of
a partitioned table from a full backup with the Greenplum Database utility
gpdbrestore, the data from leaf partitions are now restored.
Previously, when performing a selective restore of a partitioned table, you needed to specify all the individual leaf partitions.
|18774||Loaders||External web tables that use IPv6
addresses no longer require a port number when using the default port.
In previous releases, a port number was required when using an IPv6 address.
|13282||Backup and Restore||The database objects in the gp_toolkit schema were not restored after a database was re-created and then restored with the Greenplum Database gpdbrestore utility. The gp_toolkit objects are now restored when a database is re-created and restored.|
Known Issues in Greenplum Database 4.3.2
This section lists the known issues in Greenplum Database 4.3.2. A workaround is provided where applicable.
For known issues discovered in previous 4.3.x releases, see the release notes at from Pivotal Network. For known issues discovered in other previous releases, including patch releases to Greenplum Database 4.2.x, 4.1 or 4.0.x, see the corresponding release notes, available from Dell EMC Support Zone:
|22798||Management Scripts: expansion, Management Scripts: master mirroring||If it is not possible to use SSH to
connect from the Greenplum Database master host to 'localhost' a failure occurs
when running the Greenplum Database gpactivatestandby or
gpexpand utility because of an SSH failure.
Workaround: Enable SSH to 'localhost' on the master host to work around this issue.
|23646||DML||Running an UPDATE command after a DROP COLUMN and ADD PARTITION command on a partitioned table causes a Greenplum Database segment instance failure.|
|24031||gphdfs||If a readable external table is created
with FORMAT 'CSV' and uses the gphdfs protocol, reading a record
fails if the record spans multiple lines and the record is stored in multiple HDFS
Workaround: Remove line separators from within the record so that the record does not span multiple lines.
|23924||Backup and Restore||In some cases, performing some
operations on an append-optimized table and then performing a full backup with the
gpcrondump utility to a Data Domain system with DDBoost fails with this error:
ERROR: relation "file_name" does not exist
|23824||Authentication||In some cases, LDAP client utility
tools cannot be used after running the source command:
because the LDAP libraries included with Greenplum Database are not compatible with the LDAP client utility tools that are installed with operating system.
Workaround: The LDAP tools can be used without running the source command in the environment.
|23568||Backup and Restore||When backing up a Greenplum database with the Greenplum Database gpcrondump utility and specifying an NFS directory with the -u option, the gpcrondump utility creates an empty db_dumps directory in the master and segment data directories.|
|23637||Backup and Restore||When restoring a Greenplum database
with the Greenplum Database gpcrondump utility, the utility
performs an ANALYZE operation on the entire database.
Workaround: When restoring Greenplum database with the Greenplum Database gpcrondump utility, specify the --noanalyze option, and then run the ANALYZE command on the tables that require updated statistics.
|23525||Query Planner||Some SQL queries that contain
sub-selects fail with this error.
ERROR: Failed to locate datatype for paramid 0
|22792||Build||Greenplum Database is not certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10.|
|22215||Build||Greenplum Database is not certified
with these connectivity drivers:
Data Direct v 7.022; PowerExchange for Greenplum 9.5.1
32-bit Microstrategy ODBC for Greenplum Wire Protocol 6.10.01.80
Open source ODBC 9.01.0100 and JDBC 9.1.902 Type 4
SAS/ACCESS 9.3 driver provided with SAS software2
|23366||Resource Management||In Greenplum Database 22.214.171.124 and later, the priority of some running queries, cannot be dynamically adjusted with the gp_adjust_priority() function. The attempt to execute this request might silently fail. The return value of the gp_adjust_priority() call indicates success or failure. If 1 is returned, the request was not successfully executed. If a number greater than 1 is returned, the request was successful. If the request fails, the priority of all running queries are unchanged, they remain as they were before the gp_adjust_priority() call.|
|23492||Backup and Restore,||A backup from a Greenplum Database 4.3.x system that is created with a Greenplum Database back up utility, for example gpcrondump, cannot be restored to a Greenplum Database 4.2.x system with the psql utility or the corresponding restore utility, for example gpdbrestore.|
|23521||Client Access Methods and Tools||Hadoop YARN based on Hadoop 2.2 or
later does not work with Greenplum Database.
Workaround: For Hadoop distributions based on Hadoop 2.2 or later that are supported by Greenplum Database, the classpath environment variable and other directory paths defined in $GPHOME/lib/hadoop/hadoop_env.sh must be to be modified so that the paths point to the appropriate JAR files.
|21917||Replication: Segment Mirroring||In some rare cases after the Greenplum Database utility gprecoverseg was run, some append-optimized tables and a persistent table were detected having less data on a mirror segment corresponding to a primary segment.|
|20453||Query Planner||For SQL queries of either of the
SELECT columns FROM table WHERE table.column NOT IN subquery; SELECT columns FROM table WHERE table.column = ALL subquery;
tuples that satisfy both of the following conditions are not included in the result set:
|21724||Query Planner||Greenplum Database executes an SQL query in two stages if a scalar subquery is involved. The output of the first stage plan is fed into the second stage plan as a external parameter. If the first stage plan generates zero tuples and directly contributes to the output of the second stage plan, incorrect results might be returned.|
|21838||Backup and Restore||When restoring sets of tables with the
Greenplum Database utility gpdbrestore, the table schemas must be defined in the
database. If a table’s schema is not defined in the database, the table is not
restored. When performing a full restore, the database schemas are created when
the tables are restored.
Workaround: Before restoring a set of tables, create the schemas for the tables in the database.
|21129||DDL and Utility Statements||SSL is only supported on the master host. It is not supported on segment hosts.|
|20822||Backup and Restore||Special characters such as !, $, #, and @ cannot be used in the password for the Data Domain Boost user when specifying the Data Domain Boost credentials with the gpcrondump options --ddboost-host and --ddboost-user.|
|18247||DDL and Utility Statements||
TRUNCATE command does
not remove rows from a sub-table of a partitioned table. If you specify a
sub-table of a partitioned table with the TRUNCATE command, the
command does not remove rows from the sub-table and its child
Workaround: Use the ALTER TABLE command with the TRUNCATE PARTITION clause to remove rows from the sub-table and its child tables.
|19788||Replication: Resync, Transaction Management||In some rare circumstances, performing
a full recovery with gprecoverseg fails due to inconsistent LSN.
Workaround: Stop and restart the database. Then perform a full recovery with gprecoverseg.
gpload fails on
Windows XP with Python 2.6.
Workaround: Install Python 2.5 on the system where gpload is installed.
|19493 19464 19426||Backup and Restore||The gpcrondump and
gpdbrestore utilities do not handle errors returned by DD Boost
or Data Domain correctly.
These are two examples:
Workaround: The errors are logged in the master and segment server backup or restore status and report files. Scan the status and report files to check for error messages.
|Backup and Restore||Greenplum Database’s implementation of
RSA lock box for Data Domain Boost changes backup and restore requirements for
customers running SUSE.
The current implementation of the RSA lock box for Data Domain Boost login credential encryption only supports customers running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Workaround: If you run Greenplum Database on SUSE, use NFS as your backup solution. See the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide for information on setting up a NFS backup.
|18850||Backup and Restore||Data Domain Boost credentials cannot be
set up in some environments due to the absence of certain libraries (for example,
libstdc++) expected to reside
on the platform.
Workaround: Install the missing libraries manually on the system.
|18851||Backup and Restore||When performing a data-only restore of a particular table, it is possible to introduce data into Greenplum Database that contradicts the distribution policy of that table. In such cases, subsequent queries may return unexpected and incorrect results. To avoid this scenario, we suggest you carefully consider the table schema when performing a restore.|
|18713||Catalog and Metadata||Drop language plpgsql cascade results
in a loss of gp_toolkit
Workaround: Reinstall gp_toolkit.
|18710||Management Scripts Suite||Greenplum Management utilities cannot
parse IPv6 IP addresses.
Workaround: Always specify IPv6 hostnames rather than IP addresses
|18703||Loaders||The bytenum field (byte offset in the load file where the error occurred) in the error log when using gpfdist with data in text format errors is not populated, making it difficult to find the location of an error in the source file.|
|12468||Management Scripts Suite||
gpexpand --rollback fails if an error occurs during expansion such
that it leaves the database down
gpstart also fails as it detects that expansion is in progress and suggests to run gpexpand --rollback which will not work because the database is down.
Workaround: Run gpstart -m to start the master and then run rollback,
|18785||Loaders||Running gpload with the --ssl option and the relative path of
the source file results in an error that states the source file is
Workaround: Provide the full path in the yaml file or add the loaded data file to the certificate folder.
|18414||Loaders||Unable to define external tables with fixed width format and empty line delimiter when file size is larger than gpfdist chunk (by default, 32K).|
|14640||Backup and Restore||
gpdbrestore outputting incorrect non-zero error message.
When performing single table restore, gpdbrestore gives warning messages about non-zero tables however prints out zero rows.
|17285||Backup and Restore||NFS backup with gpcrondump -c can fail.
In circumstances where you haven't backed up to a local disk before, backups to NFS using gpcrondump with the -c option can fail. On fresh systems where a backup has not been previously invoked there are no dump files to cleanup and the -c flag will have no effect.
Workaround: Do not run gpcrondump with the -c option the first time a backup is invoked from a system.
|17837||Upgrade/ Downgrade||Major version upgrades internally
depend on the gp_toolkit system
schema. The alteration or absence of this schema may cause upgrades to error out
during preliminary checks.
Workaround: To enable the upgrade process to proceed, you need to reinstall the gp_toolkit schema in all affected databases by applying the SQL file found here: $GPHOME/share/postgresql/gp_toolkit.sql.
|17513||Management Scripts Suite||Running more than one gpfilespace command concurrently with
itself to move either temporary files (--movetempfilespace) or transaction files (--movetransfilespace) to a new
filespace can in some circumstances cause OID
Workaround: Do not run more than one gpfilespace command concurrently with itself. If an OID inconsistency is introduced gpfilespace --movetempfilespace or gpfilespace --movetransfilespace can be used to revert to the default filespace.
ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION inheritance issue
When performing an ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION operation, the resulting parts may not correctly inherit the storage properties of the parent table in cases such as adding a default partition or more complex subpartitioning. This issue can be avoided by explicitly dictating the storage properties during the ADD PARTITION invocation. For leaf partitions that are already afflicted, the issue can be rectified through use of EXCHANGE PARTITION.
|17795||Management Scripts Suite||Under some circumstances, gppkg on SUSE is unable to correctly
interpret error messages returned by rpm.
On SUSE, gppkg is unable to operate correctly under circumstances that require a non-trivial interpretation of underlying rpm commands. This includes scenarios that result from overlapping packages, partial installs, and partial uninstalls.
|17604||Security||A Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x
security configuration file limits the number of processes that can run on
RHEL 6.x contains a security file (/etc/security/limits.d/90-nproc.conf) that limits available processes running on gpadmin to 1064.
Workaround: Remove this file or increase the processes to 131072.
|17415||Installer||When you run gppkg -q -info<some gppkg>, the system shows the GPDB version as main build dev.|
|17334||Management Scripts Suite||You may see warning messages that
interfere with the operation of management scripts when logging in.
Greenplum recommends that you edit the /etc/motd file and add the warning message to it. This will send the messages to are redirected to stdout and not stderr. You must encode these warning messages in UTF-8 format.
|17221||Resource Management||Resource queue deadlocks may be encountered if a cursor is associated with a query invoking a function within another function.|
|17113||Management Scripts Suite||Filespaces are inconsistent when the
Greenplum database is down.
Filespaces become inconsistent in case of a network failure. Greenplum recommends that processes such as moving a filespace be done in an environment with an uninterrupted power supply.
gpfdist shows the error “Address already in use” after successfully
binding to socket IPv6.
Greenplum supports IPv4 and IPv6. However, gpfdist fails to bind to socket IPv4, and shows the message “Address already in use”, but binds successfully to socket IPv6.
|16519||Backup and Restore||Limited data restore functionality
and/or restore performance issues can occur when restoring tables from a full
database backup where the default backup directory was not used.
In order to restore from backup files not located in the default directory you can use the -R to point to another host and directory. This is not possible however, if you want to point to a different directory on the same host (NFS for example).
Workaround: Define a symbolic link from the default dump directory to the directory used for backup, as shown in the following example:
|16064||Backup and Restore||Restoring a compressed dump with the
--ddboost option displays incorrect dump parameter
When using gpdbrestore --ddboost to restore a compressed dump, the restore parameters incorrectly show “Restore compressed dump = Off”. This error occurs even if gpdbrestore passes the --gp-c option to use gunzip for in-line de-compression.
|15899||Backup and Restore||When running gpdbrestore with the list (-L) option, external tables do not appear; this has no functional impact on the restore job.|
Upgrading to Greenplum Database 4.3.2
The upgrade path supported for this release is Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x to Greenplum Database 4.3.2. The minimum recommended upgrade path for this release is from Greenplum Database version 4.2.x.x. If you have an earlier major version of the database, you must first upgrade to version 4.2.x.x.
For detailed upgrade procedures and information, see the following sections:
- Upgrading from 4.3.x to 4.3.2
- Upgrading from 4.2.x.x to 4.3.2
- For Users Running Greenplum Database 4.1.x.x
- For Users Running Greenplum Database 4.0.x.x
- For Users Running Greenplum Database 3.3.x.x
- Troubleshooting a Failed Upgrade
If you are utilizing Data Domain Boost, you have to re-enter your DD Boost credentials after upgrading from Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x to 4.3 as follows:
gpcrondump --ddboost-host ddboost_hostname --ddboost-user ddboost_user
Upgrading from 4.3.x to 4.3.2
An upgrade from 4.3.x to 4.3.2 involves stopping Greenplum Database, updating the Greenplum Database software binaries, and restarting Greenplum Database.
- Log in to your Greenplum Database master host as
the Greenplum administrative user:
$ su - gpadmin
- Perform a smart shutdown of your current Greenplum
Database 4.3.x system (there can be no active connections to the
- Run the installer for 4.3.2 on the Greenplum
Database master host. When prompted, choose an installation location in the same base
directory as your current installation. For
- Edit the environment of the Greenplum Database
superuser (gpadmin) and make sure you are sourcing the greenplum_path.sh file for the new
installation. For example change the following line in .bashrc or your chosen profile
Or if you are sourcing a symbolic link (/usr/local/greenplum-db) in your profile files, update the link to point to the newly installed version. For example:
$ rm /usr/local/greenplum-db $ ln -s /usr/local/greenplum-db-126.96.36.199 /usr/local/greenplum-db
- Source the environment file you just edited. For
$ source ~/.bashrc
- Run the gpseginstall utility to install the 4.3.2 binaries on all the segment
hosts specified in the hostfile. For
$ gpseginstall -f hostfile
- After all segment hosts have been upgraded, you
can log in as the gpadmin user and restart your Greenplum Database
$ su - gpadmin $ gpstart
- If you are utilizing Data Domain Boost, you have
to re-enter your DD Boost credentials after upgrading from Greenplum Database 4.3.x to
gpcrondump --ddboost-host ddboost_hostname --ddboost-user ddboost_user
Upgrading from 4.2.x.x to 4.3.2
This section describes how you can upgrade from Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x or later to Greenplum Database 4.3.2 For users running versions prior to 4.2.x.x of Greenplum Database, see the following:
Planning Your Upgrade
Before you begin your upgrade, make sure the master and all segments (data directories and filespace) have at least 2GB of free space.
Prior to upgrading your database, Pivotal recommends that you run a pre-upgrade check to verify your database is healthy.
You can perform a pre-upgrade check by executing the gpmigrator (_mirror) utility with the --check-only option.
source $new_gphome/greenplum_path.sh; gpmigrator_mirror --check-only $old_gphome $new_gphome
Migrating a Greenplum Database That Contains Append-Only Tables
The migration process updates append-only tables that are in a Greenplum Database to append-optimized tables. For a database that contains a large number of append-only tables, the conversion to append-optimized tables might take a considerable amount of time.
Append-optimized tables are introduced in Greenplum Database 4.3.0. For information about append-optimized tables the the release notes for Greenplum Database 4.3.0.
This section divides the upgrade into the following phases: pre-upgrade preparation, software installation, upgrade execution, and post-upgrade tasks.
We have also provided you with an Upgrade Checklist that summarizes this procedure.
Pre-Upgrade Preparation (on your 4.2.x system)
Perform these steps on your current 4.2.x Greenplum Database system. This procedure is performed from your Greenplum master host and should be executed by the Greenplum superuser (gpadmin).
- Log in to the Greenplum Database master as the
$ su - gpadmin
Vacuum all databases prior to upgrade. For
$ vacuumdb database_name
Clean out old server log files from your master and segment data directories. For
example, to remove log files from 2011 from your segment
$ gpssh -f seg_host_file -e 'rm /gpdata/*/gp*/pg_log/gpdb-2011-*.csv'
Running Vacuum and cleaning out old logs files is not required, but it will reduce the size of Greenplum Database files to be backed up and migrated.
- Run gpstate to check for failed
- If you have failed segments, you must recover
them using gprecoverseg before you can
Note: It might be necessary to restart the database if the preferred role does not match the current role; for example, if a primary segment is acting as a mirror segment or a mirror segment is acting as a primary segment.
- Copy or preserve any additional folders or files (such as backup folders) that you have added in the Greenplum data directories or $GPHOME directory. Only files or folders strictly related to Greenplum Database operations are preserved by the migration utility.
Install the Greenplum Database 4.3 Software Binaries
- Download or copy the installer file to the Greenplum Database master host.
- Unzip the installer file. For
# unzip greenplum-db-188.8.131.52-PLATFORM.zip
- Launch the installer using bash. For
# /bin/bash greenplum-db-184.108.40.206-PLATFORM.bin
- The installer will prompt you to accept the Greenplum Database license agreement. Type yes to accept the license agreement.
- The installer will prompt you to provide an installation path. Press ENTER to accept the default install path (for example: /usr/local/greenplum-db-220.127.116.11), or enter an absolute path to an install location. You must have write permissions to the location you specify.
- The installer installs the Greenplum Database software and creates a greenplum-db symbolic link one directory level above your version-specific Greenplum installation directory. The symbolic link is used to facilitate patch maintenance and upgrades between versions. The installed location is referred to as $GPHOME.
- Source the path file from your new 4.3.2
$ source /usr/local/greenplum-db-18.104.22.168/greenplum_path.sh
- Run the gpseginstall utility to install the
4.3.2 binaries on all the segment hosts specified in the
$ gpseginstall -f hostfile
During upgrade, all client connections to the master will be locked out. Inform all database users of the upgrade and lockout time frame. From this point onward, users should not be allowed on the system until the upgrade is complete.
- Source the path file from your old 4.2.x.x
$ source /usr/local/greenplum-db-22.214.171.124/greenplum_path.sh
- (optional but strongly recommended) Back up all databases in your Greenplum Database system using gpcrondump (or zfs snapshots on Solaris systems). See the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide for more information on how to do backups using gpcrondump. Make sure to secure your backup files in a location outside of your Greenplum data directories.
- If your system has a standby master host
configured, remove the standby master from your system configuration. For
$ gpinitstandby -r
- Perform a clean shutdown of your current
Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x system. For
- Source the path file from your new 126.96.36.199
$ source /usr/home/greenplum-db-188.8.131.52/greenplum_path.sh
- Update the Greenplum Database environment so
it is referencing your new 4.3.2 installation.
- For example, update the greenplum-db symbolic link on the
master and standby master to point to the new 4.3.1 installation directory.
For example (as
# rm -rf /usr/local/greenplum-db # ln -s /usr/local/greenplum-db-184.108.40.206 /usr/local/greenplum-db # chown -R gpadmin /usr/local/greenplum-db
- Using gpssh, also update
the greenplum-db symbolic
link on all of your segment hosts. For example (as
# gpssh -f segment_hosts_file => rm -rf /usr/local/greenplum-db => ln -s /usr/local/greenplum-db-220.127.116.11 /usr/local/greenplum-db => chown -R gpadmin /usr/local/greenplum-db => exit
- For example, update the greenplum-db symbolic link on the master and standby master to point to the new 4.3.1 installation directory. For example (as root):
- (optional but
recommended) Prior to running the migration, perform a pre-upgrade check to
verify that your database is healthy by executing the 4.3.2 version of the gpmigrator utility with the --check-only option. For example:
# gpmigrator_mirror --check-only /usr/local/greenplum-db-18.104.22.168 /usr/local/greenplum-db-4.3.2
- As gpadmin, run the 4.3.2 version of the migration utility specifying
your old and new GPHOME
locations. If your system has mirrors, use gpmigrator_mirror. If your system does not have mirrors, use gpmigrator. For example on a system
$ su - gpadmin $ gpmigrator_mirror /usr/local/greenplum-db-22.214.171.124 /usr/local/greenplum-db-126.96.36.199Note: If the migration does not complete successfully, contact Customer Support (see Troubleshooting a Failed Upgrade).
- The migration can take a while to complete.
After the migration utility has completed successfully, the Greenplum Database
4.3.2 system will be running and accepting connections. Note: After the migration utility has completed, the resynchronization of the mirror segments with the primary segments continues. Even though the system is running, the mirrors are not active until the resynchronization is complete.
Post-Upgrade (on your 4.3.2 system)
- If your system had a standby master host
configured, reinitialize your standby master using gpinitstandby:
$ gpinitstandby -s standby_hostname
- If your system uses external tables with gpfdist, stop all gpfdist processes on your ETL servers and reinstall gpfdist using the compatible Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Load Tools package. Application Packages are available at Pivotal Network.
- Rebuild any custom modules against your 4.3.2 installation (for example, any shared library files for user-defined functions in $GPHOME/lib).
- Use the Greenplum Databasegppkg utility to install Greenplum Database extensions. If you were previously using any Greenplum Database extensions such as pgcrypto, PL/R, PL/Java, PL/Perl, and PostGIS, download the corresponding packages from Pivotal Network, and install using this utility. See the Greenplum Database Utility Guide 4.3 for usage details.
- If you want to utilize the Greenplum Command
Center management tool, install the latest Command Center Console and update your
environment variable to point to the latest Command Center binaries (source the
gpperfmon_path.sh file from
your new installation).Note: The Greenplum Command Center management tool replaces Greenplum Performance Monitor.
Command Center Console packages are available from Pivotal Network.
- Inform all database users of the completed upgrade. Tell users to update their environment to source the Greenplum Database 4.3.2 installation (if necessary).
This checklist provides a quick overview of all the steps required for an upgrade from 4.2.x.x to 4.3.2. Detailed upgrade instructions are provided in the Upgrade Procedure section.
Pre-Upgrade Preparation (on your current system)
* 4.2.x.x system is up and available
|Log in to your master host as the gpadmin user (your Greenplum superuser).|
|(Optional) Run VACUUM on all databases,|
|(Optional) Remove old server log files from pg_log in your master and segment data directories.|
|Check for and recover any failed segments (gpstate, gprecoverseg).|
|Copy or preserve any additional folders or files (such as backup folders).|
|Install the Greenplum Database 4.3 binaries on all Greenplum hosts.|
|Inform all database users of the upgrade and lockout time frame.|
|* The system will be locked down to all user activity during the upgrade process|
|Backup your current databases.|
|Remove the standby master (gpinitstandby -r).|
|Do a clean shutdown of your current system (gpstop).|
|Update your environment to source the new Greenplum Database 4.3.2 installation.|
|Run the upgrade utility (gpmigrator_mirror if you have mirrors, gpmigrator if you do not).|
|After the upgrade process finishes successfully, your 4.3.2 system will be up and running.|
|Post-Upgrade (on your 4.3 system)|
|* The 4.2.x.x system is up|
|Reinitialize your standby master host (gpinitstandby).|
|Upgrade gpfdist on all of your ETL hosts.|
|Rebuild any custom modules against your 4.3.2 installation.|
|Download and install any Greenplum Database extensions.|
|(Optional) Install the latest Command Center Console and update your environment to point to the latest Command Center binaries.|
|Inform all database users of the completed upgrade.|
For Users Running Greenplum Database 4.1.x.x
Users on a release prior to 4.1.x.x cannot upgrade directly to 4.3.2.
For Users Running Greenplum Database 4.0.x.x
Users on a release prior to 4.1.x.x cannot upgrade directly to 4.3.2.
- Upgrade from your current release to 4.1.x.x (follow the upgrade instructions in the latest Greenplum Database 4.1.x.x release notes available on Dell EMC Support Zone).
- Upgrade from the current release to 4.2.x.x (follow the upgrade instructions in the latest Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x release notes available at Pivotal Documentation).
- Follow the upgrade instructions in these release notes for Upgrading from 4.2.x.x to 4.3.2.
For Users Running Greenplum Database 3.3.x.x
Users on a release prior to 4.0.x.x cannot upgrade directly to 4.3.2.
- Upgrade from your current release to the latest 4.0.x.x release (follow the upgrade instructions in the latest Greenplum Database 4.0.x.x release notes available on Dell EMC Support Zone).
- Upgrade the 4.0.x.x release to the latest 4.1.x.x release (follow the upgrade instructions in the latest Greenplum Database 4.1.x.x release notes available on Dell EMC Support Zone).
- Upgrade from the 4.1.1 release to the latest 4.2.x.x release (follow the upgrade instructions in the latest Greenplum Database 4.2.x.x release notes available at Pivotal Documentation).
- Follow the upgrade instructions in these release notes for Upgrading from 4.2.x.x to 4.3.2.
Troubleshooting a Failed Upgrade
If you experience issues during the migration process and have active entitlements for Greenplum Database that were purchased through Pivotal, contact Pivotal Support. Information for contacting Pivotal Support is at https://support.pivotal.io.
Be prepared to provide the following information:
- A completed Upgrade Procedure.
- Log output from gpmigrator and gpcheckcat (located in ~/gpAdminLogs)
Greenplum Database Tools Compatibility
Greenplum releases a number of client tool packages on various platforms that can be used to connect to Greenplum Database and the Greenplum Command Center management tool. The following table describes the compatibility of these packages with this Greenplum Database release.
Tool packages are available from Pivotal Network.
|Client Package||Description of Contents||Client Version||Server Versions|
|Greenplum Clients||Greenplum Database Command-Line
Greenplum MapReduce (gpmapreduce)1
|Greenplum Connectivity||Standard PostgreSQL Database Drivers
PostgreSQL Client C API (libpq)
|Greenplum Loaders||Greenplum Database Parallel Data Loading Tools (gpfdist, gpload)||4.3||4.3|
|Greenplum Command Center||Greenplum Database management tool.||188.8.131.52||4.3|
The Greenplum Database Client Tools, Load Tools, and Connectivity Tools are supported on the following platforms:
- AIX 5.3L (32-bit)
- AIX 5.3L and AIX 6.1 (64-bit)
- Apple OSX on Intel processors (32-bit)
- HP-UX 11i v3 (B.11.31) Intel Itanium (Client and Load Tools only)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux i386 (RHEL 5)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 (RHEL 4)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 (RHEL 5 and RHEL 6)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server x86_64 (SLES 10 and SLES 11)
- Solaris 10 SPARC32
- Solaris 10 SPARC64
- Solaris 10 i386
- Solaris 10 x86_64
- Solaris 9 SPARC32
- Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
- Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
GPText enables processing mass quantities of raw text data (such as social media feeds or e-mail databases) into mission-critical information that guides business and project decisions. GPText joins the Greenplum Database massively parallel-processing database server with Apache Solr enterprise search.
GPText requires Greenplum Database. See the GPText release notes for the required version of Greenplum Database.
Greenplum Database Extensions Compatibility
Greenplum Database delivers an agile, extensible platform for in-database analytics, leveraging the system’s massively parallel architecture. Greenplum Database enables turn-key in-database analytics with Greenplum extensions.
You can download Greenplum extensions packages from Pivotal Network and install them using the Greenplum Packager Manager (gppkg). See the Greenplum Database Utility Guide for details.
Note that Greenplum Package Manager installation files for extension packages may release outside of standard Database release cycles. Therefore, for the latest install and configuration information regarding any supported database package/extension, go to the Dell EMC Support site and download Primus Article 288189 from the knowledge base (Requires a valid login to the Dell EMC Support site).
The following table provides information about the compatibility of the Greenplum Database Extensions and their components with this Greenplum Database release.
|Greenplum Database Extension||Extension Components|
|PostGIS 2.0 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||PostGIS||2.0.3|
|PostGIS 1.0 for Greenplum Database||PostGIS||1.4.2|
|PL/Java 1.1 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||PL/Java||Based on 1.4.0|
|Java JDK||1.6.0_26 Update 31|
|PL/R 1.1 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||PL/R||184.108.40.206|
|PL/Perl 1.2 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||PL/Perl||Based on PostgreSQL 9.1|
|Perl||5.12.4 on RHEL 6.x
5.5.8 on RHEL 5.x, SUSE 10
|PL/Perl 1.1 for Greenplum Database||PL/Perl||Based on PostgreSQL 9.1|
|Perl||5.12.4 on RHEL 5.x, SUSE 10|
|PL/Perl 1.0 for Greenplum Database||PL/Perl||Based on PostgreSQL 9.1|
|Perl||5.12.4 on RHEL 5.x, SUSE 10|
|Pgcrypto 1.1 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||Pgcrypto||Based on PostgreSQL 8.3|
|MADlib 1.5 for Greenplum Database 4.3.x.x||MADlib||Based on MADlib version 1.8|
Greenplum Database 4.3 supports these minimum Greenplum Database extensions package versions.
|Greenplum Database Extension||Minimum Package Version|
Package File Naming Convention
For Greenplum Database 4.3, this is the package file naming format.
This example is the package name for a postGIS package.
pkgname-ver - The package name and optional version of the software that was used to create the package extension. If the package is based on open source software, the version has format ossvversion. The version is the version of the open source software that the package is based on. For the postGIS package, ossv2.0.3 specifies that the package is based on postGIS version 2.0.3.
pvpkg-version - The package version. The version of the Greenplum Database package. For the postGIS package, pv2.0 specifies that the Greenplum Database package version is 2.0.
gpdbrel-OS-version-arch - The compatible Greenplum Database release. For the postGIS package, gpdb4.3-rhel5-x86_64 specifies that package is compatible with Greenplum Database 4.3 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.x, x86 64-bit architecture.
Hadoop Distribution Compatibility
This table lists the Hadoop extensions compatibility matrix:
|Pivotal HD||Pivotal HD 1.02|
|Greenplum HD||Greenplum HD 1.1|
|Greenplum HD 1.2|
|CDH4.1 with MRv1|
|Greenplum MR||Greenplum MR 1.0|
|Greenplum MR 1.2|
Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Documentation
For the latest Greenplum Database documentation go to Pivotal Documentation. Greenplum documentation is provided in PDF format.
|Greenplum Database 4.3.2 Release Notes||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Installation Guide||A03|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Administrator Guide||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Reference Guide||A03|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Utility Guide||A03|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Client Tools for UNIX||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Client Tools for Windows||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Connectivity Tools for UNIX||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Connectivity Tools for Windows||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Load Tools for UNIX||A02|
|Greenplum Database 4.3 Load Tools for Windows||A02|
|Greenplum Command Center 1.2.2 Administrator Guide||A01|