MergeTree tables settings 

The values of merge_tree settings (for all MergeTree tables) can be viewed in the table system.merge_tree_settings, they can be overridden in config.xml in the merge_tree section, or set in the SETTINGS section of each table.

Override example in config.xml:

<merge_tree>
    <max_suspicious_broken_parts>5</max_suspicious_broken_parts>
</merge_tree>

An example to set in SETTINGS for a particular table:

CREATE TABLE foo
(
    `A` Int64
)
ENGINE = MergeTree
ORDER BY tuple()
SETTINGS max_suspicious_broken_parts = 500;

An example of changing the settings for a specific table with the ALTER TABLE ... MODIFY SETTING command:

ALTER TABLE foo
    MODIFY SETTING max_suspicious_broken_parts = 100;

parts_to_throw_insert 

If the number of active parts in a single partition exceeds the parts_to_throw_insert value, INSERT is interrupted with the Too many parts (N). Merges are processing significantly slower than inserts exception.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 300.

To achieve maximum performance of SELECT queries, it is necessary to minimize the number of parts processed, see Merge Tree.

You can set a larger value to 600 (1200), this will reduce the probability of the Too many parts error, but at the same time SELECT performance might degrade. Also in case of a merge issue (for example, due to insufficient disk space) you will notice it later than it could be with the original 300.

parts_to_delay_insert 

If the number of active parts in a single partition exceeds the parts_to_delay_insert value, an INSERT artificially slows down.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 150.

ClickHouse artificially executes INSERT longer (adds ‘sleep’) so that the background merge process can merge parts faster than they are added.

inactive_parts_to_throw_insert 

If the number of inactive parts in a single partition more than the inactive_parts_to_throw_insert value, INSERT is interrupted with the "Too many inactive parts (N). Parts cleaning are processing significantly slower than inserts" exception.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 0 (unlimited).

inactive_parts_to_delay_insert 

If the number of inactive parts in a single partition in the table at least that many the inactive_parts_to_delay_insert value, an INSERT artificially slows down. It is useful when a server fails to clean up parts quickly enough.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 0 (unlimited).

max_delay_to_insert 

The value in seconds, which is used to calculate the INSERT delay, if the number of active parts in a single partition exceeds the parts_to_delay_insert value.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 1.

The delay (in milliseconds) for INSERT is calculated by the formula:

max_k = parts_to_throw_insert - parts_to_delay_insert
k = 1 + parts_count_in_partition - parts_to_delay_insert
delay_milliseconds = pow(max_delay_to_insert * 1000, k / max_k)

For example if a partition has 299 active parts and parts_to_throw_insert = 300, parts_to_delay_insert = 150, max_delay_to_insert = 1, INSERT is delayed for pow( 1 * 1000, (1 + 299 - 150) / (300 - 150) ) = 1000 milliseconds.

max_parts_in_total 

If the total number of active parts in all partitions of a table exceeds the max_parts_in_total value INSERT is interrupted with the Too many parts (N) exception.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 100000.

A large number of parts in a table reduces performance of ClickHouse queries and increases ClickHouse boot time. Most often this is a consequence of an incorrect design (mistakes when choosing a partitioning strategy - too small partitions).

replicated_deduplication_window 

The number of most recently inserted blocks for which Zookeeper stores hash sums to check for duplicates.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.
  • 0 (disable deduplication)

Default value: 100.

The Insert command creates one or more blocks (parts). When inserting into Replicated tables, ClickHouse for insert deduplication writes the hash sums of the created parts into Zookeeper. Hash sums are stored only for the most recent replicated_deduplication_window blocks. The oldest hash sums are removed from Zookeeper.
A large number of replicated_deduplication_window slows down Inserts because it needs to compare more entries.
The hash sum is calculated from the composition of the field names and types and the data of the inserted part (stream of bytes).

non_replicated_deduplication_window 

The number of the most recently inserted blocks in the non-replicated MergeTree table for which hash sums are stored to check for duplicates.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.
  • 0 (disable deduplication).

Default value: 0.

A deduplication mechanism is used, similar to replicated tables (see replicated_deduplication_window setting). The hash sums of the created parts are written to a local file on a disk.

replicated_deduplication_window_seconds 

The number of seconds after which the hash sums of the inserted blocks are removed from Zookeeper.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 604800 (1 week).

Similar to replicated_deduplication_window, replicated_deduplication_window_seconds specifies how long to store hash sums of blocks for insert deduplication. Hash sums older than replicated_deduplication_window_seconds are removed from Zookeeper, even if they are less than replicated_deduplication_window.

replicated_fetches_http_connection_timeout 

HTTP connection timeout (in seconds) for part fetch requests. Inherited from default profile http_connection_timeout if not set explicitly.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.
  • 0 - Use value of http_connection_timeout.

Default value: 0.

replicated_fetches_http_send_timeout 

HTTP send timeout (in seconds) for part fetch requests. Inherited from default profile http_send_timeout if not set explicitly.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.
  • 0 - Use value of http_send_timeout.

Default value: 0.

replicated_fetches_http_receive_timeout 

HTTP receive timeout (in seconds) for fetch part requests. Inherited from default profile http_receive_timeout if not set explicitly.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.
  • 0 - Use value of http_receive_timeout.

Default value: 0.

max_replicated_fetches_network_bandwidth 

Limits the maximum speed of data exchange over the network in bytes per second for replicated fetches. This setting is applied to a particular table, unlike the max_replicated_fetches_network_bandwidth_for_server setting, which is applied to the server.

You can limit both server network and network for a particular table, but for this the value of the table-level setting should be less than server-level one. Otherwise the server considers only the max_replicated_fetches_network_bandwidth_for_server setting.

The setting isn't followed perfectly accurately.

Possible values:

  • Positive integer.
  • 0 — Unlimited.

Default value: 0.

Usage

Could be used for throttling speed when replicating data to add or replace new nodes.

max_replicated_sends_network_bandwidth 

Limits the maximum speed of data exchange over the network in bytes per second for replicated sends. This setting is applied to a particular table, unlike the max_replicated_sends_network_bandwidth_for_server setting, which is applied to the server.

You can limit both server network and network for a particular table, but for this the value of the table-level setting should be less than server-level one. Otherwise the server considers only the max_replicated_sends_network_bandwidth_for_server setting.

The setting isn't followed perfectly accurately.

Possible values:

  • Positive integer.
  • 0 — Unlimited.

Default value: 0.

Usage

Could be used for throttling speed when replicating data to add or replace new nodes.

old_parts_lifetime 

The time (in seconds) of storing inactive parts to protect against data loss during spontaneous server reboots.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 480.

After merging several parts into a new part, ClickHouse marks the original parts as inactive and deletes them only after old_parts_lifetime seconds.
Inactive parts are removed if they are not used by current queries, i.e. if the refcount of the part is zero.

fsync is not called for new parts, so for some time new parts exist only in the server's RAM (OS cache). If the server is rebooted spontaneously, new parts can be lost or damaged.
To protect data inactive parts are not deleted immediately.

During startup ClickHouse checks the integrity of the parts.
If the merged part is damaged ClickHouse returns the inactive parts to the active list, and later merges them again. Then the damaged part is renamed (the broken_ prefix is added) and moved to the detached folder.
If the merged part is not damaged, then the original inactive parts are renamed (the ignored_ prefix is added) and moved to the detached folder.

The default dirty_expire_centisecs value (a Linux kernel setting) is 30 seconds (the maximum time that written data is stored only in RAM), but under heavy loads on the disk system data can be written much later. Experimentally, a value of 480 seconds was chosen for old_parts_lifetime, during which a new part is guaranteed to be written to disk.

max_bytes_to_merge_at_max_space_in_pool 

The maximum total parts size (in bytes) to be merged into one part, if there are enough resources available.
max_bytes_to_merge_at_max_space_in_pool -- roughly corresponds to the maximum possible part size created by an automatic background merge.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 161061273600 (150 GB).

The merge scheduler periodically analyzes the sizes and number of parts in partitions, and if there is enough free resources in the pool, it starts background merges. Merges occur until the total size of the source parts is less than max_bytes_to_merge_at_max_space_in_pool.

Merges initiated by OPTIMIZE FINAL ignore max_bytes_to_merge_at_max_space_in_pool and merge parts only taking into account available resources (free disk's space) until one part remains in the partition.

max_bytes_to_merge_at_min_space_in_pool 

The maximum total part size (in bytes) to be merged into one part, with the minimum available resources in the background pool.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 1048576 (1 MB)

max_bytes_to_merge_at_min_space_in_pool defines the maximum total size of parts which can be merged despite the lack of available disk space (in pool). This is necessary to reduce the number of small parts and the chance of Too many parts errors.
Merges book disk space by doubling the total merged parts sizes. Thus, with a small amount of free disk space, a situation may happen that there is free space, but this space is already booked by ongoing large merges, so other merges unable to start, and the number of small parts grows with every insert.

merge_max_block_size 

The number of rows that are read from the merged parts into memory.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: 8192

Merge reads rows from parts in blocks of merge_max_block_size rows, then merges and writes the result into a new part. The read block is placed in RAM, so merge_max_block_size affects the size of the RAM required for the merge. Thus, merges can consume a large amount of RAM for tables with very wide rows (if the average row size is 100kb, then when merging 10 parts, (100kb * 10 * 8192) = ~ 8GB of RAM). By decreasing merge_max_block_size, you can reduce the amount of RAM required for a merge but slow down a merge.

max_part_loading_threads 

The maximum number of threads that read parts when ClickHouse starts.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: auto (number of CPU cores).

During startup ClickHouse reads all parts of all tables (reads files with metadata of parts) to build a list of all parts in memory. In some systems with a large number of parts this process can take a long time, and this time might be shortened by increasing max_part_loading_threads (if this process is not CPU and disk I/O bound).

max_partitions_to_read 

Limits the maximum number of partitions that can be accessed in one query.

The setting value specified when the table is created can be overridden via query-level setting.

Possible values:

  • Any positive integer.

Default value: -1 (unlimited).

allow_floating_point_partition_key 

Enables to allow floating-point number as a partition key.

Possible values:

  • 0 — Floating-point partition key not allowed.
  • 1 — Floating-point partition key allowed.

Default value: 0.

check_sample_column_is_correct 

Enables the check at table creation, that the data type of a column for sampling or sampling expression is correct. The data type must be one of unsigned integer types: UInt8, UInt16, UInt32, UInt64.

Possible values:

  • true — The check is enabled.
  • false — The check is disabled at table creation.

Default value: true.

By default, the ClickHouse server checks at table creation the data type of a column for sampling or sampling expression. If you already have tables with incorrect sampling expression and do not want the server to raise an exception during startup, set check_sample_column_is_correct to false.

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