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From Matthew Johnson <>
Subject RE: Inner Join not returning any results in Phoenix
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:04:13 GMT
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

*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 anyway.

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

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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