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ERROR 8617: Request size too big (MaxParsedQuerySizeMB)

edited April 2019 in General Discussion

I have a problem with selecting data from table which contains varchar (64000) records.

select start_timestamp, request, ... from projection_used where start_timestamp > '...'
ERROR 8617:  Request size too big
DETAIL:  Total allocated memory (MiB) = 1024.006 is about to exceed limit imposed by MaxParsedQuerySizeMB (MiB) = 1024.000

Column "request" has the type varchar (64000)

Every hour we save new records from query_requests and dc_projection_used to a regular table. And then we make extracts from the table for technical analysis.
Everything worked fine for over a year (9.0, 9.1), but after upgrading to 9.2 there was a problem.
If the incremental extract contains more than 200k-400k records, then this leads to problems with the MaxParsedQuerySizeMB value = 1 GB

I tried to increase the value, but with a large interval of data (29M records) this stops helping even with 16GB

Vertica version is v9.2.0-0 CE



  • Jim_KnicelyJim_Knicely Administrator

    Every time you change the value of MaxParsedQuerySizeMB, only new sessions created afterwards will be affected.

  • Every time you change the value of MaxParsedQuerySizeMB, only new sessions created afterwards will be affected.

    That's not the problem.
    1. It's very likely that a vertica 9.2 has a problem with selecting rows which contains long values. In my case it's varchar(64000) and ~300k rows with MaxParsedQuerySizeMB = 1024
    2. Why do I need to increase the size of MaxParsedQuerySizeMB for simple selects?
    Table "projection_used" - is a regular non-system table, which contains history of v_internal.dc_projections_used

  • Jim_KnicelyJim_Knicely Administrator
    edited May 2019

    Vertica 9.2 started checking the MaxParsedQuerySizeMB parameter which is why you did not get the error in 9.0 and 9.1.

    You can disable this check by setting MaxParsedQuerySizeMB to 0.

    dbadmin=> SELECT set_config_parameter('MaxParsedQuerySizeMB', 0);
     Parameter set successfully
    (1 row)

    There is an open Jira ticket to get this issue addressed. I will keep this post updated when a fix is released!

  • we are also facing the same issue after 9.2.1-1, is the fix in 9.2.1-4, allows us to run our jobs with the same 1024MB or do we still have to tweak this parameter?

  • Bryan_HBryan_H Employee

    Hi, unfortunately this has not been fixed for 9.2.1-4. The release notes will indicate when this fix is ready.

  • If it not fixed, could you please tell me what is downside of disabling this parameter?
  • Bryan_HBryan_H Employee

    Hi @arun_aiyadurai, I was thinking of a different issue here. @LenoyJ is correct that this issue about "Request size too big" for large result sets is fixed in 9.2.1-4 so please upgrade and test. However, there is still another issue around this setting that could affect complex queries.
    The downside of disabling this parameter is possibility of OOM in case of very complex query or limited memory on the node.

  • Thanks @Bryan_H , Could you please provide me more details about the other issue. So we can check on our side whether are we hitting the same problem.

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