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From "Ciureanu, Constantin (GfK)" <>
Subject RE: Inner Join not returning any results in Phoenix
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:47:58 GMT
Hello Matt,

Can you please test again after unchecking “Contents- Limit rows” and “SQL – Limit


P.S. Off-topic – it’s as funny as this “problem” (not possible to send an email for
more than 500 miles away ☺ )


From: Abe Weinograd []
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 4:18 PM
To: user
Subject: Re: Inner Join not returning any results in Phoenix


I have seen this same issue.  When passing a LIMIT to a query with joins (most query tools
do it implicitly), Phoenix seems to apply that to the table on the right of the join I believe.
 I hadn't had a chance to play with it more and file a JIRA, but what you are describing is
consistent with what I have seen.


On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM, Matthew Johnson <<>>
Hi Constantin,

Many thanks for your reply – the quotes were both of the same type (double quotes for table
and column names, single quotes for string literals), it is just my email client that formatted
them weirdly, sorry!

I have discovered what I believe is an important piece of the puzzle to my problem. I am using
Squirrel SQL as my JDBC client for Phoenix, and it has a “Limit Rows” feature. When I
try and count the number of rows in a single table:

select count(*) from “mytable1”

I get the expected number of results (eg 20,000). But when I join two tables together, it
seems that the “Limit Rows” from Squirrel is somehow being applied before the join is
performed, and if “Limit Rows” is set to 100 I get 100 results or less. If the inner join
is quite sparse (eg 20,000 rows in a table but only 100 of these will join with a second table)
then I believe it tries to join the first 100 it finds and returns no results. In my experience
of Oracle or MySQL, joins are done entirely on server side and then you just get back the
number of rows you limited, rather than what appears to be happening which is the row limit
is applied to the first table before the join is attempted with the second table. Is that
how Phoenix works?

I have also discovered that I get different results (with “Limit Rows” turned on) depending
on which order I join the tables:

SELECT count(*) FROM “mytable1” hc
INNER JOIN “mytable2” bs
On hc.”myId” = bs.”myId”

Gives me a very different number of results than:

SELECT count(*) FROM “mytable2” bs
INNER JOIN “mytable1” hc
On hc.”myId” = bs.”myId”

Unfortunately I cannot test whether I get the same number of results with “Limit Rows”
turned off because my query times out! So I am now looking at creating secondary indexes on
the “myId” column in both tables to see if I am able to do this join quicker. Does a join
like this use a lot of memory on server side? Is something likely to be running out of resources?

Many thanks again for your time.


From: Ciureanu, Constantin (GfK) [<>]
Sent: 20 February 2015 14:40
Subject: RE: Inner Join not returning any results in Phoenix

Hi Matthew,

Is it working without the quotes “ / "  ?   (I see you are using 2 types of quotes, weird)
I guess that’s not needed, and probably causing troubles.   I don’t have to use quotes

Alternatively check the types of data in those 2 tables (if the field types are not the same
in both tables, the join will not work).

Good luck,

From: Matthew Johnson []
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 12:54 PM
Subject: Inner Join not returning any results in Phoenix

Hi guys,

I’m a little bit stuck with doing an Inner Join with Phoenix. I set up one environment,
created tables in HBase, and then created views (rather than tables) in Phoenix, and am able
to query as expected (when I join my two tables I see results). I’ve just promoted to another
environment, with the exact same setup, but my Inner Join returns no results!

I run the following two individual queries:

SELECT * FROM "mytable1" hc
where hc."myId" = 'XS0'

SELECT * FROM "mytable2" bs
where bs."myId" = 'XS0'

And both of these queries give results. But when I run:

SELECT * FROM "mytable1" hc
INNER JOIN “mytable2” bs
On hc."myId" = bs.”myId”

I get no results. I also get no results if I try:

SELECT * FROM "mytable1" hc
where hc."myId" in (select distinct “myId” from “mytable2”)

I have checked in HBase shell and can see the “myId” value is as expected (XS0 in both
tables). I am not sure if there are any logs that I can look at to get some insight?

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions!


PS Something that may or may not be of note: In the environments I am using:
WORKING: hbase-0.98.8-hadoop2 / phoenix-4.2.2-server.jar
FAILING:     hbase-0.98.9-hadoop2 / phoenix-4.2.2-server.jar

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