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Runs a load job as defined in a YAML formatted control file.
gpload -f control_file [-l log_file] [-h hostname] [-p port] [-U username] [-d database] [-W] [--gpfdist_timeout seconds] [--no_auto_trans] [--max_retries retry_times] [[-v | -V] [-q]] [-D] gpload -? gpload --version
The client machine where gpload is executed must have the following:
- The gpfdist parallel file distribution program installed and in your $PATH. This program is located in $GPHOME/bin of your Greenplum Database server installation.
- Network access to and from all hosts in your Greenplum Database array (master and segments).
- Network access to and from the hosts where the data to be loaded resides (ETL servers).
The operation, including any SQL commands specified in the SQL collection of the YAML control file (see Control File Format), are performed as a single transaction to prevent inconsistent data when performing multiple, simultaneous load operations on a target table.
- -f control_file
- Required. A YAML file that contains the load specification details. See Control File Format.
- --gpfdist_timeout seconds
- Sets the timeout for the gpfdist parallel file distribution program to send a response. Enter a value from 0 to 30 seconds (entering "0" to disables timeouts). Note that you might need to increase this value when operating on high-traffic networks.
- -l log_file
- Specifies where to write the log file. Defaults to ~/gpAdminLogs/gpload_YYYYMMDD. For more information about the log file, see Log File Format.
- Specify --no_auto_trans to disable processing the load operation as a single transaction if you are performing a single load operation on the target table.
- By default, gpload processes each load operation as a single transaction to prevent inconsistent data when performing multiple, simultaneous operations on a target table.
- -q (no screen output)
- Run in quiet mode. Command output is not displayed on the screen, but is still written to the log file.
- -D (debug mode)
- Check for error conditions, but do not execute the load.
- -v (verbose mode)
- Show verbose output of the load steps as they are executed.
- -V (very verbose mode)
- Shows very verbose output.
- -? (show help)
- Show help, then exit.
- Show the version of this utility, then exit.
- -d database
- The database to load into. If not specified, reads from the load control file, the environment variable $PGDATABASE or defaults to the current system user name.
- -h hostname
- Specifies the host name of the machine on which the Greenplum Database master database server is running. If not specified, reads from the load control file, the environment variable $PGHOST or defaults to localhost.
- -p port
- Specifies the TCP port on which the Greenplum Database master database server is listening for connections. If not specified, reads from the load control file, the environment variable $PGPORT or defaults to 5432.
- --max_retries retry_times
Specifies the maximum number of times gpload attempts to connect to Greenplum Database after a connection timeout. The default value is 0, do not attempt to connect after a connection timeout. A negative integer, such as -1, specifies an unlimited number of attempts.
- -U username
- The database role name to connect as. If not specified, reads from the load control file, the environment variable $PGUSER or defaults to the current system user name.
- -W (force password prompt)
- Force a password prompt. If not specified, reads the password from the environment variable $PGPASSWORD or from a password file specified by $PGPASSFILE or in ~/.pgpass. If these are not set, then gpload will prompt for a password even if -W is not supplied.
Control File Format
The gpload control file uses the YAML 1.1 document format and then implements its own schema for defining the various steps of a Greenplum Database load operation. The control file must be a valid YAML document.
The gpload program processes the control file document in order and uses indentation (spaces) to determine the document hierarchy and the relationships of the sections to one another. The use of white space is significant. White space should not be used simply for formatting purposes, and tabs should not be used at all.
The basic structure of a load control file is:
--- VERSION: 18.104.22.168 DATABASE: db_name USER: db_username HOST: master_hostname PORT: master_port GPLOAD: INPUT: - SOURCE: LOCAL_HOSTNAME: - hostname_or_ip PORT: http_port | PORT_RANGE: [start_port_range, end_port_range] FILE: - /path/to/input_file SSL: true | false CERTIFICATES_PATH: /path/to/certificates - FULLY_QUALIFIED_DOMAIN_NAME: true | false - COLUMNS: - field_name: data_type - TRANSFORM: 'transformation' - TRANSFORM_CONFIG: 'configuration-file-path' - MAX_LINE_LENGTH: integer - FORMAT: text | csv - DELIMITER: 'delimiter_character' - ESCAPE: 'escape_character' | 'OFF' - NULL_AS: 'null_string' - FORCE_NOT_NULL: true | false - QUOTE: 'csv_quote_character' - HEADER: true | false - ENCODING: database_encoding - ERROR_LIMIT: integer - LOG_ERRORS: true | false EXTERNAL: - SCHEMA: schema | '%' OUTPUT: - TABLE: schema.table_name - MODE: insert | update | merge - MATCH_COLUMNS: - target_column_name - UPDATE_COLUMNS: - target_column_name - UPDATE_CONDITION: 'boolean_condition' - MAPPING: target_column_name: source_column_name | 'expression' PRELOAD: - TRUNCATE: true | false - REUSE_TABLES: true | false - STAGING_TABLE: external_table_name - FAST_MATCH: true | false SQL: - BEFORE: "sql_command" - AFTER: "sql_command"
- Optional. The version of the gpload control file schema. The current version is 22.214.171.124.
- Optional. Specifies which database in the Greenplum Database system to connect to. If not specified, defaults to $PGDATABASE if set or the current system user name. You can also specify the database on the command line using the -d option.
- Optional. Specifies which database role to use to connect. If not specified, defaults to the current user or $PGUSER if set. You can also specify the database role on the command line using the -U option.
- If the user running gpload is not a Greenplum Database superuser, then the appropriate rights must be granted to the user for the load to be processed. See the Greenplum Database Reference Guide for more information.
- Optional. Specifies Greenplum Database master host name. If not specified, defaults to localhost or $PGHOST if set. You can also specify the master host name on the command line using the -h option.
- Optional. Specifies Greenplum Database master port. If not specified, defaults to 5432 or $PGPORT if set. You can also specify the master port on the command line using the -p option.
- Required. Begins the load specification section. A GPLOAD
specification must have an INPUT and an
OUTPUT section defined.
- Required. Defines the location and the format of the input data
to be loaded. gpload will start one or more
instances of the gpfdist file distribution
program on the current host and create the required external
table definition(s) in Greenplum Database that point to the
source data. Note that the host from which you run
gpload must be accessible over the network
by all Greenplum Database hosts (master and segments).
- Required. The SOURCE block of an
INPUT specification defines the
location of a source file. An INPUT
section can have more than one
SOURCE block defined. Each
SOURCE block defined corresponds
to one instance of the gpfdist file distribution program
that will be started on the local machine. Each
SOURCE block defined must have a
For more information about using the gpfdist parallel file server and single and multiple gpfdist instances, see "Loading and Unloading Data" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
- Optional. Specifies the host name or IP address of the local machine on which gpload is running. If this machine is configured with multiple network interface cards (NICs), you can specify the host name or IP of each individual NIC to allow network traffic to use all NICs simultaneously. The default is to use the local machine's primary host name or IP only.
- Optional. Specifies the specific port number
that the gpfdist file
distribution program should use. You can also
supply a PORT_RANGE to select an
available port from the specified range. If both
PORT_RANGE are defined, then
PORT takes precedence. If neither
PORT_RANGE are defined, the
default is to select an available port between
8000 and 9000.
If multiple host names are declared in LOCAL_HOSTNAME, this port number is used for all hosts. This configuration is desired if you want to use all NICs to load the same file or set of files in a given directory location.
- Optional. Can be used instead of PORT to supply a range of port numbers from which gpload can choose an available port for this instance of the gpfdist file distribution program.
- Required. Specifies the location of a file,
named pipe, or directory location on the local
file system that contains data to be loaded. You
can declare more than one file so long as the data
is of the same format in all files specified.
If the files are compressed using gzip or bzip2 (have a .gz or .bz2 file extension), the files will be uncompressed automatically (provided that gunzip or bunzip2 is in your path).
When specifying which source files to load, you can use the wildcard character (*) or other C-style pattern matching to denote multiple files. The files specified are assumed to be relative to the current directory from which gpload is executed (or you can declare an absolute path).
- Optional. Specifies usage of SSL encryption. If SSL is set to true, gpload starts the gpfdist server with the --ssl option and uses the gpfdists:// protocol.
- Required when SSL is true;
cannot be specified when SSL is
false or unspecified. The
location specified in
CERTIFICATES_PATH must contain
the following files:
- The server certificate file, server.crt
- The server private key file, server.key
- The trusted certificate authorities, root.crt
The root directory (/) cannot be specified as CERTIFICATES_PATH.
- Optional. Specifies whether gpload
resolve hostnames to the fully qualified domain name
(FQDN) or the local hostname. If the value is set to
true, names are resolved to the
FQDN. If the value is set to false,
resolution is to the local hostname. The default is
A fully qualified domain name might be required in some situations. For example, if the Greenplum Database system is in a different domain than an ETL application that is being accessed by gpload.
- Optional. Specifies the schema of the source data
file(s) in the format of
The DELIMITER character in the
source file is what separates two data value fields
(columns). A row is determined by a line feed
If the input COLUMNS are not specified, then the schema of the output TABLE is implied, meaning that the source data must have the same column order, number of columns, and data format as the target table.
The default source-to-target mapping is based on a match of column names as defined in this section and the column names in the target TABLE. This default mapping can be overridden using the MAPPING section.
- Optional. Specifies the name of the input transformation passed to gpload. For information about XML transformations, see "Loading and Unloading Data" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
- Required when TRANSFORM is specified. Specifies the location of the transformation configuration file that is specified in the TRANSFORM parameter, above.
- Optional. An integer that specifies the maximum length of a line in the XML transformation data passed to gpload.
- Optional. Specifies the format of the source data file(s) - either plain text (TEXT) or comma separated values (CSV) format. Defaults to TEXT if not specified. For more information about the format of the source data, see "Loading and Unloading Data" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
- Optional. Specifies a single ASCII character that separates columns within each row (line) of data. The default is a tab character in TEXT mode, a comma in CSV mode. You can also specify a non- printable ASCII character or a non-printable unicode character, for example: "\x1B" or "\u001B". The escape string syntax, E'character-code', is also supported for non-printable characters. The ASCII or unicode character must be enclosed in single quotes. For example: E'\x1B' or E'\u001B'.
- Specifies the single character that is used for C escape sequences (such as \n, \t, \100, and so on) and for escaping data characters that might otherwise be taken as row or column delimiters. Make sure to choose an escape character that is not used anywhere in your actual column data. The default escape character is a \ (backslash) for text-formatted files and a " (double quote) for csv-formatted files, however it is possible to specify another character to represent an escape. It is also possible to disable escaping in text-formatted files by specifying the value 'OFF' as the escape value. This is very useful for data such as text-formatted web log data that has many embedded backslashes that are not intended to be escapes.
- Optional. Specifies the string that represents a null value. The default is \N (backslash-N) in TEXT mode, and an empty value with no quotations in CSV mode. You might prefer an empty string even in TEXT mode for cases where you do not want to distinguish nulls from empty strings. Any source data item that matches this string will be considered a null value.
- Optional. In CSV mode, processes each specified column as though it were quoted and hence not a NULL value. For the default null string in CSV mode (nothing between two delimiters), this causes missing values to be evaluated as zero-length strings.
- Required when FORMAT is CSV. Specifies the quotation character for CSV mode. The default is double-quote (").
- Optional. Specifies that the first line in the data file(s) is a header row (contains the names of the columns) and should not be included as data to be loaded. If using multiple data source files, all files must have a header row. The default is to assume that the input files do not have a header row.
- Optional. Character set encoding of the source data.
Specify a string constant (such as
'SQL_ASCII'), an integer encoding
number, or 'DEFAULT' to use the
default client encoding. If not specified, the
default client encoding is used. For information
about supported character sets, see the
Greenplum Database Reference Guide.
Note: If you change the ENCODING value in an existing gpload control file, you must manually drop any external tables that were creating using the previous ENCODING configuration. gpload does not drop and recreate external tables to use the new ENCODING if REUSE_TABLES is set to true.
- Optional. Enables single row error isolation mode for this load operation. When enabled, input rows that have format errors will be discarded provided that the error limit count is not reached on any Greenplum Database segment instance during input processing. If the error limit is not reached, all good rows will be loaded and any error rows will either be discarded or captured as part of error log information. The default is to abort the load operation on the first error encountered. Note that single row error isolation only applies to data rows with format errors; for example, extra or missing attributes, attributes of a wrong data type, or invalid client encoding sequences. Constraint errors, such as primary key violations, will still cause the load operation to abort if encountered. For information about handling load errors, see "Loading and Unloading Data" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
- Optional when ERROR_LIMIT is
declared. Value is either true or
false. The default value is
false. If the value is
true, rows with formatting errors
are logged internally when running in single row
error isolation mode. You can examine formatting
errors with the Greenplum Database built-in SQL
If formatting errors are detected when loading data,
gpload generates a warning
message with the name of the table that contains the
error information similar to this message.
timestamp|WARN|1 bad row, please use GPDB built-in function gp_read_error_log('table-name') to access the detailed error row
- If LOG_ERRORS: true is specified,
REUSE_TABLES: true must be
specified to retain the formatting errors in
Greenplum Database error logs. If
REUSE_TABLES: true is not
specified, the error information is deleted after
the gpload operation. Only summary
information about formatting errors is returned. You
can delete the formatting errors from the error logs
with the Greenplum Database function
Note: When gpfdist reads data and encounters a data formatting error, the error message includes a row number indicating the location of the formatting error. gpfdist attempts to capture the row that contains the error. However, gpfdist might not capture the exact row for some formatting errors.
- For more information about handling load errors, see "Loading and Unloading Data" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide. For information about the gp_read_error_log() function, see the CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE command in the Greenplum Database Reference Guide
- Optional. Defines the schema of the external table database objects created by gpload.
- The default is to use the Greenplum Database search_path.
- Required when EXTERNAL is declared. The name of the schema of the external table. If the schema does not exist, an error is returned.
- If % (percent character) is specified, the schema of the table name specified by TABLE in the OUTPUT section is used. If the table name does not specify a schema, the default schema is used.
- Required. Defines the target table and final data column values
that are to be loaded into the database.
- Required. The name of the target table to load into.
- Optional. Defaults to INSERT if not specified. There are three available load modes:
INSERT - Loads data into the target
table using the following method:
INSERT INTO target_table SELECT * FROM input_data;
- UPDATE - Updates the UPDATE_COLUMNS of the target table where the rows have MATCH_COLUMNS attribute values equal to those of the input data, and the optional UPDATE_CONDITION is true. UPDATE is not supported if the target table column name is a reserved keyword, has capital letters, or includes any character that requires quotes (" ") to identify the column.
- MERGE - Inserts new rows and updates the UPDATE_COLUMNS of existing rows where FOOBAR attribute values are equal to those of the input data, and the optional MATCH_COLUMNS is true. New rows are identified when the MATCH_COLUMNS value in the source data does not have a corresponding value in the existing data of the target table. In those cases, the entire row from the source file is inserted, not only the MATCH and UPDATE columns. If there are multiple new MATCH_COLUMNS values that are the same, only one new row for that value will be inserted. Use UPDATE_CONDITION to filter out the rows to discard. MERGE is not supported if the target table column name is a reserved keyword, has capital letters, or includes any character that requires quotes (" ") to identify the column.
- Required if MODE is UPDATE or MERGE. Specifies the column(s) to use as the join condition for the update. The attribute value in the specified target column(s) must be equal to that of the corresponding source data column(s) in order for the row to be updated in the target table.
- Required if MODE is UPDATE or MERGE. Specifies the column(s) to update for the rows that meet the MATCH_COLUMNS criteria and the optional UPDATE_CONDITION.
- Optional. Specifies a Boolean condition (similar to what you would declare in a WHERE clause) that must be met in order for a row in the target table to be updated.
- Optional. If a mapping is specified, it overrides the default source-to-target column mapping. The default source-to-target mapping is based on a match of column names as defined in the source COLUMNS section and the column names of the target TABLE. A mapping is specified as either:
- target_column_name: source_column_name
- target_column_name: 'expression'
- Where expression is any expression that you would specify in the SELECT list of a query, such as a constant value, a column reference, an operator invocation, a function call, and so on.
- Optional. Specifies operations to run prior to the load operation. Right now
the only preload operation is TRUNCATE.
- Optional. If set to true, gpload will remove all rows in the target table prior to loading it. Default is false.
- Optional. If set to true, gpload will not drop the external table objects and staging table objects it creates. These objects will be reused for future load operations that use the same load specifications. This improves performance of trickle loads (ongoing small loads to the same target table).
- If LOG_ERRORS: true is specified, REUSE_TABLES: true must be specified to retain the formatting errors in Greenplum Database error logs. If REUSE_TABLES: true is not specified, formatting error information is deleted after the gpload operation.
- If the external_table_name exists, the utility uses the existing table. The utility returns an error if the table schema does not match the OUTPUT table schema.
- Optional. Specify the name of the temporary external table that is created during a gpload operation. The external table is used by gpfdist. REUSE_TABLES: true must also specified. If REUSE_TABLES is false or not specified, STAGING_TABLE is ignored. By default, gpload creates a temporary external table with a randomly generated name.
- If external_table_name contains a period (.), gpload returns an error. If the table exists, the utility uses the table. The utility returns an error if the existing table schema does not match the OUTPUT table schema.
- The utility uses the value of SCHEMA in the EXTERNAL section as the schema for external_table_name. If the SCHEMA value is %, the schema for external_table_name is the same as the schema of the target table, the schema of TABLE in the OUTPUT section.
- If SCHEMA is not set, the utility searches for the table (using the schemas in the database search_path). If the table is not found, external_table_name is created in the default PUBLIC schema.
- Optional. If set to true, gpload only searches the database for matching external table objects when reusing external tables. The utility does not check the external table column names and column types in the catalog table pg_attribute to ensure that the table can be used for a gpload operation. Set the value to true to improve gpload performance when reusing external table objects and the database catalog table pg_attribute contains a large number of rows. The utility returns an error and quits if the column definitions are not compatible.
- The default value is false, the utility checks the external table definition column names and column types.
- REUSE_TABLES: true must also specified. If REUSE_TABLES is false or not specified and FAST_MATCH: true is specified, gpload returns a warning message.
- Optional. Defines SQL commands to run before and/or after the load
operation. You can specify multiple BEFORE and/or
AFTER commands. List commands in the order of desired execution.
- Optional. An SQL command to run before the load operation starts. Enclose commands in quotes.
- Optional. An SQL command to run after the load operation completes. Enclose commands in quotes.
Log File Format
Log files output by gpload have the following format:
Where timestamp takes the form: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS, level is one of DEBUG, LOG, INFO, ERROR, and message is a normal text message.
Some INFO messages that may be of interest in the log files are (where # corresponds to the actual number of seconds, units of data, or failed rows):
INFO|running time: #.## seconds INFO|transferred #.# kB of #.# kB. INFO|gpload succeeded INFO|gpload succeeded with warnings INFO|gpload failed INFO|1 bad row INFO|# bad rows
If your database object names were created using a double-quoted identifier (delimited identifier), you must specify the delimited name within single quotes in the gpload control file. For example, if you create a table as follows:
CREATE TABLE "MyTable" ("MyColumn" text);
Your YAML-formatted gpload control file would refer to the above table and column names as follows:
- COLUMNS: - '"MyColumn"': text OUTPUT: - TABLE: public.'"MyTable"'
If the YAML control file contains the ERROR_TABLE element that was available in Greenplum Database 4.3.x, gpload logs a warning stating that ERROR_TABLE is not supported, and load errors are handled as if the LOG_ERRORS and REUSE_TABLE elements were set to true. Rows with formatting errors are logged internally when running in single row error isolation mode.
Run a load job as defined in my_load.yml:
gpload -f my_load.yml
Example load control file:
--- VERSION: 126.96.36.199 DATABASE: ops USER: gpadmin HOST: mdw-1 PORT: 5432 GPLOAD: INPUT: - SOURCE: LOCAL_HOSTNAME: - etl1-1 - etl1-2 - etl1-3 - etl1-4 PORT: 8081 FILE: - /var/load/data/* - COLUMNS: - name: text - amount: float4 - category: text - descr: text - date: date - FORMAT: text - DELIMITER: '|' - ERROR_LIMIT: 25 - LOG_ERRORS: true OUTPUT: - TABLE: payables.expenses - MODE: INSERT PRELOAD: - REUSE_TABLES: true SQL: - BEFORE: "INSERT INTO audit VALUES('start', current_timestamp)" - AFTER: "INSERT INTO audit VALUES('end', current_timestamp)"
gpfdist, CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE in the Greenplum Database Reference Guide