Load configuration file for a GPSS file data source.


DATABASE: db_name
USER: user_name
PASSWORD: password
HOST: master_host
PORT: greenplum_port
         URL: file_path
            - NAME: column_name
              TYPE: column_data_type
            [ ... ]]
         FORMAT: value_data_format
            BYTES_TO_BASE64: boolean]
            - NAME: meta_column_name
              TYPE: { json | jsonb }
         FORMAT: json
       [FILTER: filter_string]
       ERROR_LIMIT: { num_errors | percentage_errors }
       [SCHEMA: output_schema_name]
       TABLE: table_name
       [MODE: mode]
          - match_column_name
          [ ... ]]
          - order_column_name
          [ ... ]]
          - update_column_name
          [ ... ]]
       [UPDATE_CONDITION: update_condition]
       [DELETE_CONDITION: delete_condition]
   RETRY_INTERVAL: retry_time
   MAX_RETRIES: num_retries]


You specify the configuration parameters for a Greenplum Streaming Server (GPSS) file load job in a YAML-formatted configuration file that you provide to the gpsscli submit or gpsscli load commands. There are two types of configuration parameters in this file - those that identify the Greenplum Database connection and target table, and parameters specific to the file data source that you will load into Greenplum.

This reference page uses the name filesource.yaml to refer to this file; you may choose your own name for the file.

The gpsscli utility processes the YAML configuration file keywords in order, using indentation (spaces) to determine the document hierarchy and the relationships between the sections. The use of white space in the file is significant, and keywords are case-sensitive.

Keywords and Values

Greenplum Database Options
DATABASE: db_name
The name of the Greenplum database.
USER: user_name
The name of the Greenplum Database user/role. This user_name must have permissions as described in Configuring Greenplum Database Role Privileges.
PASSWORD: password
The password for the Greenplum Database user/role.
HOST: master_host
The host name or IP address of the Greenplum Database master host.
PORT: greenplum_port
The port number of the Greenplum Database server on the master host.
The version of the GPSS load configuration file. GPSS supports only configuration file version 2 for a file data source.
The file input configuration parameters.
URL: file_path
The URL identifying the file or files to be loaded. You can specify wildcards in any element of the path. To load all files in a directory, specify dirname/*.
The field names, types, and format of the file data. You must specify all data elements in the order in which they appear in the file.
COLUMNS:NAME: column_name
The name of a data value column. column_name must match the column name of the target Greenplum Database table.
The default source-to-target data mapping behaviour of GPSS is to match a column name as defined in COLUMNS:NAME with a column name in the target Greenplum Database TABLE. You can override the default mapping by specifying a MAPPING block.
COLUMNS:TYPE: data_type
The data type of the column. You must specify a compatible data type for each data element and the associated Greenplum Database table column.
FORMAT: data_format
The format of the value data. You may specify a FORMAT of avro, binary, csv, or json for the value data, with some restrictions.
When you specify the avro data format, you must define only a single json type column in COLUMNS. If the schema is registered in a Confluent Schema Registry, you must also provide the AVRO_OPTION.
When you specify the binary data format, you must define only a single bytea type column in COLUMNS.
When you specify the csv data format, the message content cannot contain line ending characters (CR and LF).
When you specify FORMAT: csv, you must not provide a META block.
When you specify the json data format, you must define only a single json type column in COLUMNS.
When true, GPSS converts Avro bytes fields into base64-encoded strings. The default value is false, GPSS does not perfrom the conversion.
The field name, type, and format of the file meta data. META must specify a single json or jsonb (Greenplum 6 only) type column and FORMAT: json. The available meta data for a file is a single text-type property named filename. You can load this property into the target table with a MAPPING, or use the property in the update or merge criteria for a load operation.
FILTER: filter_string
The filter to apply to the input data before gpkafka loads the data into Greenplum Database. If the filter evaluates to true, GPSS loads the message. If the filter evaluates to false, the message is dropped. filter_string must be a valid SQL conditional expression and may reference one or more META or VALUE column names.
ERROR_LIMIT: { num_errors | percentage_errors }
The error threshold, specified as either an absolute number or a percentage. GPSS stops the load operation when this limit is reached.
SCHEMA: output_schema_name
The name of the Greenplum Database schema in which table_name resides. Optional, the default schema is the public schema.
TABLE: table_name
The name of the Greenplum Database table into which GPSS loads the file data.
MODE: mode
The table load mode. Valid mode values are INSERT, MERGE, or UPDATE. The default value is INSERT.
UPDATE - Updates the target table columns that are listed in UPDATE_COLUMNS when the input columns identified in MATCH_COLUMNS match the named target table columns 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 existing rows when:
  • columns are listed in UPDATE_COLUMNS,
  • the MATCH_COLUMNS target table column values are equal to the input data, and
  • an optional UPDATE_CONDITION is specified and met.
Deletes rows when:
  • the MATCH_COLUMNS target table column values are equal to the input data, and
  • an optional DELETE_CONDITION is specified and met.
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_COLUMNS and UPDATE_COLUMNS. If there are multiple new MATCH_COLUMNS values in the input data that are the same, GPSS inserts or updates the target table using a random matching input row. When you specify ORDER_COLUMNS, GPSS sorts the input data on the specified column(s) and inserts or updates from the input row with the largest value.
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 MERGE or UPDATE.
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.
Optional. May be specified in MERGE MODE to sort the input data rows.
Specify the column(s) by which GPSS sorts the rows. When multiple matching rows exist in a batch, ORDER_COLUMNS is used with MATCH_COLUMNS to determine the input row with the largest value; GPSS uses that row to write/update the target.
Required if MODE is MERGE or UPDATE.
Specifies the column(s) to update for the rows that meet the MATCH_COLUMNS criteria and the optional UPDATE_CONDITION.
UPDATE_CONDITION: update_condition
Optional. Specifies a boolean condition, similar to that which you would declare in a WHERE clause, that must be met in order for a row in the target table to be updated (or inserted, in the case of a MERGE).
DELETE_CONDITION: delete_condition
Optional. In MERGE MODE, specifies a boolean condition, similar to that which you would declare in a WHERE clause, that must be met for GPSS to delete rows in the target table that meet the MATCH_COLUMNS criteria.
Optional. Overrides the default source-to-target column mapping. GPSS supports two mapping syntaxes.
Note: When you specify a MAPPING, ensure that you provide a mapping for all data value elements of interest. GPSS does not automatically match column names when you provide a MAPPING.
NAME: target_column_name
Specifies the target Greenplum Database table column name.
EXPRESSION: { source_column_name | expression }
Specifies a value or meta COLUMNS:NAME (source_column_name) or an expression. When you specify an expression, you may provide a value expression that you would specify in the SELECT list of a query, such as a constant value, a column reference, an operator invocation, a built-in or user-defined function call, and so on.
target_column_name: { source_column_name | expression }
When you use this MAPPING syntax, specify the target_column_name and {source_column_name | expression} as described above.
Job SCHEDULE: Options
Controls the frequency and interval of restarting failed jobs.
RETRY_INTERVAL: retry_time
The period of time that GPSS waits before retrying the job. You can specify the time interval in day (d), hour (h), minute (m), second (s), or millisecond (ms) integer units; do not mix units. The default retry interval is 5m (5 minutes).
MAX_RETRIES: num_retries
The maximum number of times that GPSS attempts to retry the job. The default is 0, do not retry. If you specify a negative value, GPSS retries the job indefinitely.


If you created a database object name using a double-quoted identifier (delimited identifier), you must specify the delimited name within single quotes in the filesource.yaml configuration file. For example, if you create a table as follows:

CREATE TABLE "MyTable" ("MyColumn" text);

Your filesource.yaml YAML configuration file would refer to the above table and column names as:

     - name: '"MyColumn"'
       type: text

   TABLE: '"MyTable"'


Submit a job to load data from an Avro file as defined in the version 2 load configuration file named loadfromfile.yaml:

$ gpsscli submit loadfromfile.yaml

Example loadfromfile.yaml configuration file:

USER: gpadmin
PASSWORD: changeme
HOST: mdw-1
PORT: 15432
         URL: file:///tmp/file.avro
           - NAME: value
             TYPE: json
         FORMAT: avro
           - NAME: meta
             TYPE: json
         FORMAT: json
      FILTER: (value->>'x')::int < 10
      ERROR_LIMIT: 25
      SCHEMA: gpschema
      TABLE: gptable
        - NAME: a
          EXPRESSION: (value->>'x')::int
        - NAME: b
          EXPRESSION: (value->>'y')::text
        - NAME: c
          EXPRESSION: (meta->>'filename')::text