Pivotal Greenplum 6.12 Release Notes

Pivotal Greenplum 6.12 Release Notes

This document contains pertinent release information about Pivotal Greenplum Database 6.12 releases. For previous versions of the release notes for Greenplum Database, go to Pivotal Greenplum Database Documentation. For information about Greenplum Database end of life, see Pivotal Greenplum Database end of life policy.

Pivotal Greenplum 6 software is available for download from the Pivotal Greenplum page on Pivotal Network.

Pivotal Greenplum 6 is based on the open source Greenplum Database project code.

Important: Pivotal Support does not provide support for open source versions of Greenplum Database. Only Pivotal Greenplum Database is supported by Pivotal Support.

Release 6.12.0

Release Date: 2020-10-30

Pivotal Greenplum 6.12.0 is a minor release that includes changed features and resolves several issues.


Greenplum Database 6.12.0 includes these new and changed features:

  • Greenplum now supports using segment hostnames when defining proxy ports with the gp_interconnect_proxy_addresses parameter (previously, IP addresses were required). Note that if a segment instance hostname is bound to a different IP address at runtime, you must execute gpstop -U to re-load the gp_interconnect_proxy_addresses value. See Configuring Proxies for the Greenplum Interconnect.
  • Because Greenplum Database does not enforce referential integrity syntax (foreign key constraints), the TRUNCATE command was updated so that it truncates a table referenced in a foreign key constraint, even if the CASCADE option is omitted.
  • The Greenplum Database 6.12.0 distribution includes the Greenplum Magic Tool (gpmt), a diagnostics and data collection tool.
  • The Greenplum Database 6.12.0 distribution includes the postgres_fdw PostgreSQL contrib module. Refer to the postgres_fdw module documentation for more information.

Resolved Issues

Pivotal Greenplum 6.12.0 resolves these issues:

174311661 - Query Execution
When executing a long query that contained multi-byte characters, Greenplum could incorrectly truncate the query string (removing multi-byte characters) and, if log_min_duration_statement was set to 0, could subsequent write an invalid symbol to segment logs. This behavior could cause errors in gp_toolkit and Command Center. This problem has been resolved.
173190958 - Transactions
In some cases, a Greenplum Database master reset generated one or more orphaned prepared transactions. This issue is resolved; Greenplum now periodically checks for, and aborts, these transactions.
171249005 - Transactions
Resolves an issue where Greenplum Database generated a PANIC when it exhausted retry attempts to abort prepared transactions.
30992 - Transactions
In some cases, Greenplum Database generated a PANIC after reboot due to a race condition between a checkpoint and xlog COMMIT PREPARE recording. When Greenplum encountered an orphaned prepared transaction that was committed after the xlog was recorded, it returned the error message: cannot abort transaction transaction_number, it was already committed. This issue is resolved.
30970 - Query Optimizer
In some cases, Greenplum Database crashed when the Query Optimizer attempted to generate an index scan from a predicate that contained a subquery. This issue is resolved; the Query Optimizer now disallows such plans.
30962 - Query Optimizer
The second SELECT on an external table within a transaction returned zero records because the Query Optimizer did not generate a unique scan number to differentiate the two queries to the external table. This issue is resolved.
30960 - Query Optimizer
Resolves an issue where the Query Optimizer entered an infinite loop when it merged statistics buckets for double values in UNION and UNION ALL queries due to an incorrect comparison of bucket boundary values with a small Epsilon.
30980 - diskquota Module
Resolved an issue that caused master and mirror segments to display the warning, Share memory is not enough for active tables, when TRUNCATE and CREATE TABLE statements were executed.
30942 - Postgres Planner
In some cases, the Postgres Planner crashed or produced incorrect results when the HAVING clause of a query included a subquery, and one or more columns referenced in the subquery were not also specified in the GROUP BY column set. This issue is resolved.
10813 - Postgres Planner
Resolved an issue that could cause the Query Dispatcher to crash when creating a query plan for a subquery that has GROUPING SETS.
10794 - Resource Groups
Resolves an issue where the result of a query on pg_resgroup_get_status(NULL:oid) could not be saved to a table.
10376 - Query Execution
Resolved an issue where executing CREATE UNIQUE INDEX on a table partition would implicitly change the partition's distribution key.
425 - gpbackup
When inserting into a table that is distributed by a bpchar and using the legacy bpchar hash operator, rows always used jump consistent hashing instead of legacy (modulo) hashing. This mismatch would cause gprestore operations to fail for when restoring Greenplum 4.x/5.x data into Greenplum 6.x. The problem occurred because a required hashing function ID was missing from a check function that determined if an attribute used legacy hashing. Greenplum 6.12 resolves this issue by adding the required hashing function ID in the check function.

Upgrading from Greenplum 6.x to Greenplum 6.12

Note: Greenplum 6 does not support direct upgrades from Greenplum 4 or Greenplum 5 releases, or from earlier Greenplum 6 Beta releases.

See Upgrading from an Earlier Greenplum 6 Release to upgrade your existing Greenplum 6.x software to Greenplum 6.12.0.

Deprecated Features

Deprecated features will be removed in a future major release of Greenplum Database. Pivotal Greenplum 6.x deprecates:

  • The gpsys1 utility.
  • The analzyedb option --skip_root_stats (deprecated since 6.2).

    If the option is specified, a warning is issued stating that the option will be ignored.

  • The server configuration parameter gp_statistics_use_fkeys (deprecated since 6.2).
  • The server configuration parameter gp_ignore_error_table (deprecated since 6.0).

    To avoid a Greenplum Database syntax error, set the value of this parameter to true when you run applications that execute CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE or COPY commands that include the now removed Greenplum Database 4.3.x INTO ERROR TABLE clause.

  • Specifying => as an operator name in the CREATE OPERATOR command (deprecated since 6.0).
  • The Greenplum external table C API (deprecated since 6.0).

    Any developers using this API are encouraged to use the new Foreign Data Wrapper API in its place.

  • Commas placed between a SUBPARTITION TEMPLATE clause and its corresponding SUBPARTITION BY clause, and between consecutive SUBPARTITION BY clauses in a CREATE TABLE command (deprecated since 6.0).

    Using this undocumented syntax will generate a deprecation warning message.

  • The timestamp format YYYYMMDDHH24MISS (deprecated since 6.0).

    This format could not be parsed unambiguously in previous Greenplum Database releases, and is not supported in PostgreSQL 9.4.

  • The createlang and droplang utilities (deprecated since 6.0).
  • The pg_resqueue_status system view (deprecated since 6.0).

    Use the gp_toolkit.gp_resqueue_status view instead.

  • The GLOBAL and LOCAL modifiers when creating a temporary table with the CREATE TABLE and CREATE TABLE AS commands (deprecated since 6.0).

    These keywords are present for SQL standard compatibility, but have no effect in Greenplum Database.

  • Using WITH OIDS or oids=TRUE to assign an OID system column when creating or altering a table (deprecated since 6.0).
  • Allowing superusers to specify the SQL_ASCII encoding regardless of the locale settings (deprecated since 6.0).

    This choice may result in misbehavior of character-string functions when data that is not encoding-compatible with the locale is stored in the database.

  • The @@@ text search operator (deprecated since 6.0).

    This operator is currently a synonym for the @@ operator.

  • The unparenthesized syntax for option lists in the VACUUM command (deprecated since 6.0).

    This syntax requires that the options to the command be specified in a specific order.

  • The plain pgbouncer authentication type (auth_type = plain) (deprecated since 4.x).

Migrating Data to Greenplum 6

Note: Greenplum 6 does not support direct upgrades from Greenplum 4 or Greenplum 5 releases, or from earlier Greenplum 6 Beta releases.

See Migrating Data from Greenplum 4.3 or 5 for guidelines and considerations for migrating existing Greenplum data to Greenplum 6, using standard backup and restore procedures.

Known Issues and Limitations

Pivotal Greenplum 6 has these limitations:

  • Upgrading a Greenplum Database 4 or 5 release, or Greenplum 6 Beta release, to Pivotal Greenplum 6 is not supported.
  • MADlib, GPText, and PostGIS are not yet provided for installation on Ubuntu systems.
  • Greenplum 6 is not supported for installation on DCA systems.
  • Greenplum for Kubernetes is not yet provided with this release.

The following table lists key known issues in Pivotal Greenplum 6.x.

Table 1. Key Known Issues in Pivotal Greenplum 6.x
Issue Category Description
N/A Backup/Restore Restoring the Greenplum Database backup for a table fails in Greenplum 6 versions earlier than version 6.10 when a replicated table has an inheritance relationship to/from another table that was assigned via an ALTER TABLE ... INHERIT statement after table creation.
Workaround: Use the following SQL commands to determine if Greenplum Database includes any replicated tables that inherit from a parent table, or if there are replicated tables that are inherited by a child table:
SELECT inhrelid::regclass FROM pg_inherits,
  gp_distribution_policy dp
WHERE inhrelid=dp.localoid AND dp.policytype='r';
SELECT inhparent::regclass FROM pg_inherits,
  gp_distribution_policy dp
WHERE inhparent=dp.localoid AND dp.policytype='r';

If these queries return any tables, you may choose to run gprestore with the -–on-error-continue flag to not fail the entire restore when this issue is hit. Or, you can specify the list of tables returned by the queries to the -–exclude-table-file option to skip those tables during restore. You must recreate and repopulate the affected tables after restore.

N/A Spark Connector This version of Greenplum is not compatible with Greenplum-Spark Connector versions earlier than version 1.7.0, due to a change in how Greenplum handles distributed transaction IDs.
N/A PXF Starting in 6.x, Greenplum does not bundle cURL and instead loads the system-provided library. PXF requires cURL version 7.29.0 or newer. The officially-supported cURL for the CentOS 6.x and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x operating systems is version 7.19.*. Greenplum Database 6 does not support running PXF on CentOS 6.x or RHEL 6.x due to this limitation.

Workaround: Upgrade the operating system of your Greenplum Database 6 hosts to CentOS 7+ or RHEL 7+, which provides a cURL version suitable to run PXF.

29703 Loading Data from External Tables Due to limitations in the Greenplum Database external table framework, Greenplum Database cannot log the following types of errors that it encounters while loading data:
  • data type parsing errors
  • unexpected value type errors
  • data type conversion errors
  • errors returned by native and user-defined functions
LOG ERRORS returns error information for data exceptions only. When it encounters a parsing error, Greenplum terminates the load job, but it cannot log and propagate the error back to the user via gp_read_error_log().

Workaround: Clean the input data before loading it into Greenplum Database.

30594 Resource Management Resource queue-related statistics may be inaccurate in certain cases. Pivotal recommends that you use the resource group resource management scheme that is available in Greenplum 6.
30522 Logging Greenplum Database may write a FATAL message to the standby master or mirror log stating that the database system is in recovery mode when the instance is synchronizing with the master and Greenplum attempts to contact it before the operation completes. Ignore these messages and use gpstate -f output to determine if the standby successfully synchronized with the Greenplum master; the command returns Sync state: sync if it is synchronized.
30537 Postgres Planner The Postgres Planner generates a very large query plan that causes out of memory issues for the following type of CTE (common table expression) query: the WITH clause of the CTE contains a partitioned table with a large number partitions, and the WITH reference is used in a subquery that joins another partitioned table.

Workaround: If possible, use the GPORCA query optimizer. With the server configuration parameter optimizer=on, Greenplum Database attempts to use GPORCA for query planning and optimization when possible and falls back to the Postgres Planner when GPORCA cannot be used. Also, the specified type of query might require a long time to complete.

170824967 gpfdists For Greenplum Database 6.x, a command that accesses an external table that uses the gpfdists protocol fails if the external table does not use an IP address when specifying a host system in the LOCATION clause of the external table definition.
n/a Materialized Views By default, certain gp_toolkit views do not display data for materialized views. If you want to include this information in gp_toolkit view output, you must redefine a gp_toolkit internal view as described in Including Data for Materialized Views.
168957894 PXF The PXF Hive Connector does not support using the Hive* profiles to access Hive transactional tables.

Workaround: Use the PXF JDBC Connector to access Hive.

168548176 gpbackup When using gpbackup to back up a Greenplum Database 5.7.1 or earlier 5.x release with resource groups enabled, gpbackup returns a column not found error for t6.value AS memoryauditor.
164791118 PL/R PL/R cannot be installed using the deprecated createlang utility, and displays the error:
createlang: language installation failed: ERROR:
no schema has been selected to create in
Workaround: Use CREATE EXTENSION to install PL/R, as described in the documentation.
N/A Greenplum Client/Load Tools on Windows The Greenplum Database client and load tools on Windows have not been tested with Active Directory Kerberos authentication.

Differences Compared to Open Source Greenplum Database

Pivotal Greenplum 6.x includes all of the functionality in the open source Greenplum Database project and adds:
  • Product packaging and installation script
  • Support for QuickLZ compression. QuickLZ compression is not provided in the open source version of Greenplum Database due to licensing restrictions.
  • Support for data connectors:
    • Greenplum-Spark Connector
    • Greenplum-Informatica Connector
    • Greenplum-Kafka Integration
    • Greenplum Streaming Server
  • Data Direct ODBC/JDBC Drivers
  • gpcopy utility for copying or migrating objects between Greenplum systems
  • Support for managing Greenplum Database using Pivotal Greenplum Command Center
  • Support for full text search and text analysis using Pivotal GPText
  • Greenplum backup plugin for DD Boost
  • Backup/restore storage plugin API