This Week in Databend #107

August 20, 2023 · 3 min read


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Understanding Connection Parameters

The connection parameters refer to a set of essential connection details required for establishing a secure link to supported external storage services, like Amazon S3. These parameters are enclosed within parentheses and consists of key-value pairs separated by commas or spaces. It is commonly utilized in operations such as creating a stage, copying data into Databend, and querying staged files from external sources.

For example, the following statement creates an external stage on Amazon S3 with the connection parameters:

CREATE STAGE my_s3_stage
URL = 's3://load/files/'
ACCESS_KEY_ID = '<your-access-key-id>',
SECRET_ACCESS_KEY = '<your-secret-access-key>'

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Adding Storage Parameters for Hive Catalog

Over the past week, Databend introduced storage parameters for the Hive Catalog, allowing the configuration of specific storage services. This means that the catalog no longer relies on the storage backend of the default catalog.

The following example shows how to create a Hive Catalog using MinIO as the underlying storage service:

URL = 's3://warehouse/'
AWS_KEY_ID = 'admin'
AWS_SECRET_KEY = 'password'
ENDPOINT_URL = 'http://localhost:9000/'

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Code Corner

Discover some fascinating code snippets or projects that showcase our work or learning journey.

Using gitoxide to Speed Up Git Dependency Downloads

gitoxide is a high-performance, modern Git implementation written in Rust. Utilizing the gitoxide feature of cargo (Unstable), the gitoxide crate can replace git2 to perform various Git operations, thereby achieving several times performance improvement when downloading crates-index and git dependencies.

Databend has recently enabled this feature for `cargo {build | clippy | test}`` in CI. You can also try to add the -Zgitoxide option to speed up the build process during local development:

cargo -Zgitoxide=fetch,shallow-index,shallow-deps build

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We have also made these improvements to Databend that we hope you will find helpful:

  • VALUES clause can be used without being combined with SELECT.
  • You can now set a default value when modifying the type of a column. See Docs | ALTER TABLE COLUMN for details.
  • Databend can now automatically recluster a table after write operations such as COPY INTO and REPLACE INTO.

What's Up Next

We're always open to cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas. You're more than welcome to join the community and bring them to Databend.

Enhancing infer_schema for All File Locations

Currently, it is possible to query files using file locations or from stages in Databend.

select * from 'fs:///home/...';
select * from 's3://bucket/...';
select * from @stage;

However, the infer_schema function only works with staged files. For example:

select * from infer_schema(location=>'@stage/...');

When attempting to use infer_schema with other file locations, it leads to a panic:

select * from infer_schema(location =>'fs:///home/...'); -- this will panic.

So, the improvement involves extending the infer_schema capability to encompass all types of file paths, not limited to staged files. This will enhance system consistency and the usefulness of the infer_schema function.

Issue #12458 | Feature: infer_schema support normal file path

Please let us know if you're interested in contributing to this feature, or pick up a good first issue at to get started.


You can check the changelog of Databend Nightly for details about our latest developments.

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