Limitations and Workarounds in This Release of Splice Machine

This topic describes workarounds for known limitations in this release of the Splice Machine Database. These can include previously unstated limitations or workarounds for problems that will be fixed in a future Release.

These are the notes and workarounds for known issues in this release:

With Clauses and Temporary Tables

You cannot currently use temporary tables in WITH clauses.

Natural Self Joins Not Supported

Splice Machine does not currently support NATURAL SELF JOIN operations.

Temporary Tables and Backups

There’s a subtle issue with performing a backup when you’re using a temporary table in your session: although the temporary table is (correctly) not backed up, the temporary table’s entry in the system tables will be backed up. When the backup is restored, the table entries will be restored, but the temporary table will be missing.

There’s a simple workaround:

  1. Exit your current session, which will automatically delete the temporary table and its system table entries.
  2. Start a new session (reconnect to your database).
  3. Start your backup job.

Columnar Screen Output Gets Truncated

When using Explain Plan and other commands that generate lengthy output lines, you may see some output columns truncated on the screen.

WORKAROUND: Use the maximumdisplaywidth=0 command to force all column contents to be displayed.

ToDate Function Problem With DD Designator

The TO_DATE function currently returns the wrong date if you specify DD for the day field; however, specifying dd instead works properly.

WORKAROUND: Use dd instead of DD.

Compaction Queue Issue

We have seen a problem in which the compaction queue grows quite large after importing large amounts of data, and are investigating a solution; for now, please use the following workaround.

Run a full compaction on tables into which you have imported a large amount of data, using the SYSCS_UTIL.SYSCS_PERFORM_MAJOR_COMPACTION_ON_TABLE system procedure.

Alter Table Limitations

You can only use ALTER TABLE to add or remove PRIMARY KEY columns if the table being altered is empty.

Default Value for Lead and Lag Functions

This release of Splice Machine features several new window functions, including LAG do not support the default value parameter that you can specify in some other implementations. We expect to add this parameter in future releases.


There is a known problem using the CREATE TABLE AS form of the RIGHT OUTER JOIN operation. For example, the following statement currently produces a table with all NULL values:

   SELECT t1.a,t1.b,t2.c,t2.d
   FROM t1 RIGHT OUTER JOIN t2 ON t1.b = t2.c

There’s a simple workaround for now: create the table without inserting the data, and then insert the data; for example:

   SELECT t1.a,t1.b,t2.c,t2.d
   FROM t1 RIGHT OUTER JOIN t2 ON t1.b = t2.c

   SELECT t1.a,t1.b,t2.c,t2.d
   FROM t1 RIGHT OUTER JOIN t2 ON t1.b = t2.c;

Import Performance Issues With Many Foreign Key References

The presence of many foreign key references on a table will slow down imports of data into that table.

Importing Data with SYSCS_IMPORT_DATA from Amazon S3

There are currently two platform-dependent issue for importing data using the SYSCS_UTIL.IMPORT_DATA system procedure from Amazon S3 in this release. You only need to pay attention to this note if you’re using HDP 2.5.5 or MapR 5.2.0:

Platform Settings
HDP 2.5.5

Add a custom setting to your hdfs-site.xml file. Using Ambari, click:

        HDFS->Configs->Advanced->Customer hdfs-site

and add this setting:

MapR 5.2.0
  1. Add the following property setting in /opt/mapr/hadoop/hadoop-2.7.0/etc/hadoop/hdfs-site.xml on each node:

  2. Add the following option in /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-1.1.1/conf/ on each node:


These changes may impact non-SpliceMachine services or applications that rely on an implementation other than the Presto implementation; for example, org.apache.hadoop.fs.s3a.S3AFileSystem.

HDP 2.6.4 and 2.6.3 OLAP Memory Setting

If you’re using Splice Machine on HDP 2.6.4 or HDP 2.6.3, you need to correct a property setting in the HBase Service Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve) settings for hbase-site.xml.

Replace the . between olap and server in this property name:


with the _ character to produce the correct property name:


Note that the . character needs to be changed to the _ character in splice.olap