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Can’t Query Type Data Inserted by Bulk Loader #3968

cactus222 opened this issue Sep 11, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Sep 11, 2019

What version of Dgraph are you using?

Dgraph version : v1.1.0
Dgraph SHA-256 : 7d4294a80f74692695467e2cf17f74648c18087ed7057d798f40e1d3a31d2095
Commit SHA-1 : ef7cdb2
Commit timestamp : 2019-09-04 00:12:51 -0700
Branch : HEAD
Go version : go1.12.7

Have you tried reproducing the issue with the latest release?


What is the hardware spec (RAM, OS)?

Attempted on Ubuntu 18.04 and using Dgraph docker

Steps to reproduce the issue (command/config used to run Dgraph).

Start Zero (the commands are actually in the docker-compose file)

dgraph zero --my=zero:5080

Feed data and schema into Dgraph bulk

data file

_:brand1 <dgraph.type> "Brand" .
_:brand1 <name> "brand1" .
_:brand2 <dgraph.type> "Brand" .
_:brand2 <name> "brand2" .

_:product1 <dgraph.type> "Product" .
_:product1 <brand> _:brand1 .
_:product1 <name> "name1" .
_:product1 <pid> "abc" .

_:product2 <dgraph.type> "Product" .
_:product2 <brand> _:brand2 .
_:product2 <name> "name2" .
_:product2 <pid> "123" .

_:product3 <dgraph.type> "Product" .
_:product3 <brand> _:brand2 .
_:product3 <name> "name3" .
_:product3 <pid> "ab1" .

schema file

type Product {
  name: string
  brand: uid
  pid: string

type Brand {
  name: string

name: string @index(term)  .
pid: string @index(hash)  .
brand: uid .

Run Dgraph Bulk on data and schema

dgraph bulk --schema ./data/smallschema.txt -f ./data/small.txt  --format=rdf --reduce_shards=2 --num_go_routines=2 --map_shards=2

Start alphas pointing to the generated directories

dgraph alpha --my=server:7080 --lru_mb=2048 --zero=zero:5080 -p out/0/p/
dgraph alpha --my=server:7081 --lru_mb=2048 --zero=zero:5080 -p out/1/p/ -o=1

Expected behaviour and actual result.

Query all objects with type Product

  q(func: type(Product)) {

Expected all product objects returned
Actual result is an empty result

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@danielmai danielmai added the kind/bug label Sep 11, 2019

@pawanrawal pawanrawal self-assigned this Sep 11, 2019


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commented Sep 11, 2019

This happens because of the following

  1. When loading data with the given dataset using bulk loader with reduce_shards as 3, the data for dgraph.type lies in the 3rd output shard i.e. out/2/p.
  2. When the 1st alpha node is started with out/0/p it proposes initial schema for dgraph.type and starts serving the tablet.
  3. When 3rd alpha node comes, although it has the data for dgraph.type it doesn't serve the predicate as it finds some other node is already serving it.

I think what we should do instead is not propose initial schema on startup but propose it when the first mutation for dgraph.type happens on the cluster as the user would do mutations only after starting all the nodes serving all different shards.

Note - This problem could happen with any of the internal predicates defined in

initialSchema = append(initialSchema, &pb.SchemaUpdate{
when loading data using the bulk loader.


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commented Sep 13, 2019

I think the cleanest solution should be to force the bulk loader to allocate the reserved predicates in the first shard. But I don't have a lot of insight into the bulk loader so it might not be that easy.

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