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Exports whitelisted mongo fields to an s3 bucket.


  -config string
        String corresponding to an env var config
  -collection string
        The mongo collection you wish to pull from (required)
  -database string
        Database url if using existing instance (required)
  -bucket string
        s3 bucket to upload to


mongo-to-s3 does a few things:

  1. connects to the provided mongo database
  2. determines the correct "data date" by rounding down to the nearest hour
  3. parses the provided config file
  4. for each table in the config file
  • pulls the whitelisted fields from mongo
  • flattens objects into dot-separated fields
  • streams to gzipped, timestamped JSON files on s3
  1. prints the payload to be used in a s3-to-redshift job to process this data
  • the job is kickstarted automatically by a workflow

Right now, mongo-to-s3 will attempt export all fields/tables in the X_config.yml whitelist which it's called with.

Updating config files

Configs are env vars in YAML and follow this format:

  dest: <redshift_table_name>
  source: <mongo_table_name>
      dest: _data_timestamp
      type: timestamp
      sortord: 1
      dest: <column_name_in_redshift>
      source: <column_name_in_mongo>
      type: text
      primarykey: true
      notnull: true
      distkey:  true
    datadatecolumn: _data_timestamp
    schema: <redshift_schema_name>

Inrternal note: configs are located in ark-config

There are a few tricky things, including some items that are changing in the near future.

Tricky things:

  1. The datadatecolumn is to help keep track of the date of the data going into the data warehouse, and to prevent us from overwriting new data with old. Therefore, we want to set it to approximately when the data was created.

Currently, we do this via a special column that we specify in the meta section. Whatever column you specify here will be overwritten with the date the mongo-to-s3 worker is run, rounded down to the nearest hour. Note that we don't require a source here as we populate it in mongo-to-s3.

  1. We currently don't support more than one sortkey, so the only valid value for sortord is 1

  2. You also have to set notnull for primarykey columns, even though that is implied.

  3. Accepted column types are:

  • boolean
  • float
  • int
  • bigint
  • timestamp
  • text (256 characters)
  • longtext (65535 characters)

It should be easy to add more, however.

  1. You may want to think about issues if some data arrives sooner than other data to the data warehouse. For instance, suppose item A is only "active" if an item B exists in the database and points to A. If you've synched over A significantly before B, it may appear that A is 'inactive' until B is synced over. In reality, A has always been 'active'.

  2. While you pass collections to run on as parameters to mongo-to-s3, the eventual s3-to-redshft job will post with the destination table names as parameters.


Pulls data from mongo and sends to Redshift



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