Accessing Files on a Network File System with PXF
You can use PXF to read data that resides on a network file system mounted on your Greenplum Database hosts. PXF supports reading and writing the following file types from a network file system:
|File Type||Profile Name||Operations Supported|
|delimited single line text||file:text||read, write|
|delimited text with quoted linefeeds||file:text:multi||read|
PXF does not support user impersonation when you access a network file system. PXF accesses a file as the operating system user that started the PXF process, usually
Before you use PXF to access files on a network file system, ensure that:
- You have configured and initialized PXF, and PXF is running on each Greenplum Database segment host. See Configuring PXF for additional information.
- You can identify the PXF user configuration directory (
- All files are accessible by
gpadminor by the operating system user that started the PXF process.
- The network file system is correctly mounted at the same local mount point on every Greenplum Database segment host.
- You can identify the mount or share point of the network file system.
- You have created one or more named PXF server configurations as described in Configuring a PXF Network File System Server.
Before you use PXF to access a file on a network file system, you must create a server configuration and then synchronize the PXF configuration to all Greenplum hosts. This procedure will typically be performed by the Greenplum Database administrator.
Use the server template configuration file
$PXF_CONF/templates/pxf-site.xml when you configure a network file system server for PXF. This template file includes the mandatory property
pxf.fs.basePath that you configure to identify the network file system share path. PXF considers the file path that you specify in a
CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE
LOCATION clause that uses this server to be relative to this share path.
PXF does not support user impersonation when you access a network file system; you must explicitly turn off user impersonation in a network file system server configuration.
Log in to the Greenplum Database master node:
$ ssh gpadmin@<gpmaster>
Choose a name for the file system server. You will provide the name to Greenplum users that you choose to allow to read from or write to files on the network file system.
Note: The server name
$PXF_CONF/servers/<server_name>directory. For example, use the following command to create a file system server configuration named
gpadmin@gpmaster$ mkdir $PXF_CONF/servers/nfssrvcfg
Copy the PXF
pxf-site.xmltemplate file to the
nfssrvcfgserver configuration directory. For example:
gpadmin@gpmaster$ cp $PXF_CONF/templates/pxf-site.xml $PXF_CONF/servers/nfssrvcfg/
Open the template server configuration file in the editor of your choice, and uncomment and provide property values appropriate for your environment. For example, if the file system share point is the directory named
/mnt/extdata/pxffs, uncomment and set these server properties:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <configuration> ... <property> <name>pxf.service.user.impersonation</name> <value>false</value> </property> <property> <name>pxf.fs.basePath</name> <value>/mnt/extdata/pxffs</value> </property> ... </configuration>
Save your changes and exit the editor.
Synchronize the PXF server configuration to the Greenplum Database cluster:
gpadmin@gpmaster$ pxf cluster sync
The following syntax creates a Greenplum Database external table that references a file on a network file system. Use the appropriate
file:* profile for the file type that you want to access.
CREATE [READABLE | WRITABLE] EXTERNAL TABLE <table_name> ( <column_name> <data_type> [, ...] | LIKE <other_table> ) LOCATION ('pxf://<file-path>?PROFILE=file:<file-type>[&SERVER=<server_name>][&<custom-option>=<value>[...]]') FORMAT '[TEXT|CSV|CUSTOM]' (<formatting-properties>);
The specific keywords and values used in the Greenplum Database CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE command are described in the table below.
|<file‑path>||The path to a directory or file on the network file system. PXF considers this file or path as being relative to the
|SERVER=<server_name>||The named server configuration that PXF uses to access the network file system. PXF uses the
|<custom‑option>=<value>||<custom-option> is profile-specific.|
|FORMAT <value>||PXF profiles support the
|<formatting‑properties>||Formatting properties supported by the profile; for example, the
This example assumes that you have configured and mounted a network file system with the share point
/mnt/extdata/pxffs on the Greenplum Database master, standby master, and on each segment host.
In this example, you:
- Create a CSV file on the network file system and add data to the file.
- Configure a network file system server for the share point.
- Create a PXF readable external table that references the directory containing the CSV file, and read the data.
- Create a PXF writable external table that references the directory containing the CSV file, and write some data.
- Read from the original readable external table again.
Create a directory (relative to the network file system share point) named
gpadmin@gpmaster$ mkdir -p /mnt/extdata/pxffs/ex1
Create a CSV file named
somedata.csvin the directory:
$ echo 'Prague,Jan,101,4875.33 Rome,Mar,87,1557.39 Bangalore,May,317,8936.99 Beijing,Jul,411,11600.67' > /mnt/extdata/pxffs/ex1/somedata.csv
Create a server configuration named
nfssrvcfg with share point
/mnt/extdata/pxffs as described in Configuring a PXF Network File System Server.
Perform the following procedure to create a PXF external table that references the
ex1 directory that you created in a previous section, and then read the data in the
somedata.csv file in that directory:
Create a PXF external table that references
ex1and that specifies the
file:textprofile. For example:
gpadmin=# CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE pxf_read_nfs(location text, month text, num_orders int, total_sales float8) LOCATION ('pxf://ex1/?PROFILE=file:text&SERVER=nfssrvcfg') FORMAT 'CSV';
pxf.fs.basePathproperty value is
/mnt/exdata/pxffs, PXF constructs the path
/mnt/extdata/pxffs/ex1to read the file.
Display all rows of the
gpadmin=# SELECT * FROM pxf_read_nfs ORDER_BY num_orders DESC; location | month | num_orders | total_sales -----------+-------+------------+------------- Beijing | Jul | 411 | 11600.67 Bangalore | May | 317 | 8936.99 Prague | Jan | 101 | 4875.33 Rome | Mar | 87 | 1557.39 (4 rows)
Perform the following procedure to insert some data into the
ex1 directory and then read the data again. You must create a new external table for the write operation.
Create a writable PXF external table that references
ex1and that specifies the
file:textprofile. For example:
gpadmin=# CREATE WRITABLE EXTERNAL TABLE pxf_write_nfs(location text, month text, num_orders int, total_sales float8) LOCATION ('pxf://ex1/?PROFILE=file:text&SERVER=nfssrvcfg') FORMAT 'CSV' (delimiter=',');
Insert some data into the
pxf_write_nfstable. For example:
gpadmin=# INSERT INTO pxf_write_nfs VALUES ( 'Frankfurt', 'Mar', 777, 3956.98 ); INSERT 0 1 gpadmin=# INSERT INTO pxf_write_nfs VALUES ( 'Cleveland', 'Oct', 3812, 96645.37 ); INSERT 0 1
PXF writes one or more files to the
ex1/directory when you insert into the
pxf_read_nfsreadable external table that you created in the previous section to view the new data you inserted into the
gpadmin=# SELECT * FROM pxf_read_nfs ORDER BY num_orders DESC; location | month | num_orders | total_sales -----------+-------+------------+------------- Cleveland | Oct | 3812 | 96645.37 Frankfurt | Mar | 777 | 3956.98 Beijing | Jul | 411 | 11600.67 Bangalore | May | 317 | 8936.99 Prague | Jan | 101 | 4875.33 Rome | Mar | 87 | 1557.39 (6 rows)
When you select from the
pxf_read_nfstable here, PXF reads the
somedata.csvfile and the new files that it added to the
ex1/directory in the previous step.