In this tutorial we’ll show you how to share a Dremio query profile. Query profiles store important metadata about queries you run in Dremio, and can make it easier to help Dremio’s engineers debug any issues you encounter.
We assume you have access to a Dremio installation and you have at least one data source connected. If you don’t have these things, you can still follow the tutorial but you won’t be able to try out the steps yourself.
In Dremio most work is managed as jobs, including all queries. Dremio keeps a history of all jobs so you can easily take a closer look at how a job was executed. This is where you’ll find information about who submitted the query, how long it ran, the number of results, the SQL that was submitted, and comprehensive profile information.
Let’s look at an example. First, open one of your datasets. Here we’ll use the SF_Incidents2016.json physical dataset from Working With Your First Dataset:
To preview this dataset, Dremio executed a preview query against the json file on Amazon S3. We can now click on Jobs to see the history of jobs in Dremio:
Now we see a list of jobs on the left, and a detailed view of the selected job on the right:
In this case the first job is the one we just ran. However, in most cases the job you’re looking for may not be at the top of the list. Dremio makes it easy to find a job by using the filters that let you narrow jobs down by time, job status, and which process or user created the job:
You can also search based on text included in the job, such as a column or table name you used in a query:
Once you’ve identified the job you want to investigate, select it on the left in order to view it on the right. Let’s look at the job we issued on the police incidents data:
In a later tutorial we’ll take a closer look and all the rich information tracked with each job, including a deep dive on query profiles. For now, let’s take a look at how to share this profile with others. At the bottom of the job details you can see a friendly narwhal with a button to “Download Profile.” If you click this button, detailed profile information will be downloaded as a zip file.
You can now share this zip file with a Dremio engineer to help understand any issues you may be encountering. Note that none of your data is stored in the profile, only metadata about your query and underlying datasets.
If you’re using Dremio Enterprise Edition, the options are slightly different. In addition to a “Download Profile” button, you have an “Ask Dremio” button that will open up a chat session with our engineers and upload your profile automatically: