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monetdb man-page


monetdb −
control a MonetDB Database Server instance


[ monetdb_options ] command [
command_options ] [ command_args ]


allows an administrator of the MonetDB Database Server to
perform various operations on the databases in the server.
It relies on monetdbd(1) running in the background
for all operations.


affect all commands and control the general behavior of

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Suppresses all standard progress messages, only writing
output to stderr if an error occurred.


Connect to hostname
instead of attempting a connection over the local UNIX
socket. This allows monetdb to connect to a remote
monetdbd(1). The use of this option requires
−P (see below).

−p port

Connects to the given
portnumber instead of the default (50000). Requires
−h to be given as option too.


Specifies the passphrase
necessary to login to a remote monetdbd(1). This
option requires −h to be given as well. A bad
passphrase causes monetdb to fail to login, and hence
fail to perform any remote action.

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Show version, equal to monetdb version.


The commands
for the monetdb utility are create,
destroy, lock, release, status,
start, stop, kill, set,
get, inherit, discover, help,
and version. The commands facilitate adding,
removing, maintaining, starting and stopping a database
inside the MonetDB Database Server.

For all
commands, database arguments can be glob-like expressions.
This allows to do wildcard matches. For details on the
syntax, see EXPRESSIONS.

[−m pattern] [−p
password] database
[database ...]

Initializes a new database in
the MonetDB Database Server. A database created with this
command makes it available under its database name, but not
yet for use by clients, as the database is put into
maintenance mode. This allows the database administrator to
perform initialization steps before releasing it to users,
unless the −p argument is supplied. See also
monetdb lock. The name of the database must match the
expression [A−Za−z0−9−_]+.


With the −m flag,
instead of creating a database, a multiplex-funnel is
created. See section MULTIPLEX-FUNNEL in
monetdbd(1). The pattern argument is not fully the
same as a pattern for connecting or discovery. Each parallel
target for the multiplex-funnel is given as
sequence, separated by commas. Here the pattern is an
ordinary pattern as would be used for connecting to a
database, and can hence also be just the name of a


The −p flag allows
to create a database with the given password for the monetdb
user. Since this protects the database from being accessed
via well-known credentials, the created database is not
locked after creation. This way, a new database can be
created and used right away using the password supplied.

[−f] database [database ...]

Removes the given
database, including all its data and logfiles. Once
destroy has completed, all data is lost. Be careful when
using this command.

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By default, a confirmation question is asked, however
the −f option, when provided, suppresses this
question and removal is executed right away. Note that
without this option you cannot destroy a running database,
bring it down first using the stop command.

lock database
[database ...]

Puts the given database in
maintenance mode. A database under maintenance can only be
connected to by an administrator account (by default the
monetdb account). A database which is under
maintenance is not started automatically by
monetdbd(1), the MonetDB Database Server, when
clients request for it. Use the release command to
bring the database back for normal usage. To start a
database which is under maintenance for administrator
access, the start command can be used.

release database
[database ...]

Brings back a database from
maintenance mode. A released database is available again for
normal use by any client, and is started on demand. Use the
lock command to take a database under

[−lc] [−s states]
[database ...]

Shows the state of the given
database, or, when none given, all known databases. Three
modes control the level of detail in the displayed output.
By default a condensed one-line output per database format
is used. This output resembles pretty much the output of
various xxxstat programs, and is ideal for quickly
gaining an overview of the system state. The output is
divided into four columns, name, state,
health, and remarks. The state column
contains two characters that identify the state of the
database, based on Booting (starting up), Running, Stopped,
Crashed and Locked (under maintenance). This is followed by
the uptime when running. The health column contains
the percentage of successful starts and stops, followed by
the average uptime. The remarks column can contain
arbitrary information about the database state, but usually
contains the URI the database can be connected to.

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The −c flag shows the most used properties
of a database. This includes the state of the database
(running, crashed, stopped), whether it is under maintenance
or not, the crash averages and uptime statistics. The crash
average is the number of times the database has crashed over
the last 1, 15 or 30 starts. The lower the average, the
healthier the database is.


Triggered by the −l flag, a long listing is
used. This listing spans many rows with on each row one
property and its value separated by a colon (:). The
long listing includes all information that is available.


The −s flag controls which databases are
being shown, matching their state. The required argument to
this flag can be a combination of any of the following
characters. Note that the order in which they are put also
controls the order in which the databases are printed.
b, r, s, c, and l are
used to print a starting up (booting), started (running),
stopped, crashed and locked database respectively. The
default order which is used when the −s flag is
absent, is rbscl.

start [−a]
database [database ...]

[−a] database [database

[−a] database [database

Starts, stops or kills the
given database, or, when −a is supplied, all
known databases. The kill command immediately sends a
SIGKILL and should only be used as last resort for a
database that doesn’t respond any more. Killing a
database may result in (partial) data loss. It is more
common to use the stop command to stop a database. It
will first attempt to stop the database, waiting for
mero_exittimeout seconds and if that fails, kill the
database. When using the start command,
monetdb(1) will output diagnostic messages if the
requested action failed. When encountering an error, one
should always consult the logfile of monetdbd(1) for
more details. For the kill command a diagnostic
message indicating the database has crashed is always
emitted, due to the nature of that command. Note that in
combination with −a the return code of
monetdb(1) indicates failure if one of the databases
had a failure, even though the operation on other databases
was successful.

get <all |
property[,property[,..]]> [database

Prints the requested
properties, or all known properties, for the given database.
For each property its source and value are printed. Source
indicates where the current value comes from, e.g. the
configuration file, or a local override.

property=value database
[database ...]

Sets property to value for the
given database. For a list of properties, run monetdb get
. Most properties require the database to be stopped
when set.


Defines if and how the database
is being announced to other monetdbds or not. If not set to
yes or no the database is simply announced or
not. Using a string, called tag the database is
shared using that tag, allowing for more sophisticated
usage. For information about the tag format and use, see
section REMOTE DATABASES in the monetdbd(1)
manpage. Note that this property can be set for a running
database, and that a change takes immediate effect in the


Defines how many worker threads
the server should use to perform main processing. Normally,
this number equals the number of available CPU cores in the
system. Reducing this number forces the server to use less
parallelism when executing queries, or none at all if set to


Each server operates with a
given optimizer pipeline. While the default usually is the
best setting, for some experimental uses the pipeline can be
changed. See the mserver5(1) manpage for available
pipelines. Changing this setting is discouraged at all


Defines if the database has to
be started in readonly mode. Updates are rejected in this
mode, and the server employs some read-only optimizations
that can lead to improved performance.


Sets the maximum amount of
clients that can connect to this database at the same time.
Setting this to a high value is discouraged. A
multiplex-funnel may be more performant, see

inherit property
[database ...]

Like set, but unsets the
database-local value, and reverts to inherit from the
default again.


Returns a list of remote
monetdbds and database URIs that were discovered by
monetdbd(1). All databases listed can be connected to
via the local MonetDB Database Server as if it were local
databases using their database name. The connection is
redirected or proxied based on configuration settings. If
expression is given, only those discovered databases
are returned for which their URI matches the expression. The
expression syntax is described in the section
EXPRESSIONS. Next to database URIs the hostnames and
ports for monetdbds that allow to be controlled remotely can
be found in the discover list masked with an asterisk. These
entries can easily be filtered out using an expression (e.g.
"mapi:monetdb:*") if desired. The control entries
come in handy when one wants to get an overview of available
monetdbds in e.g. a local cluster. Note that for monetdbd to
announce its control port, the mero_controlport
setting for that monetdbd must be enabled in the
configuration file.

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Shows general help, or short
help for a given command.

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Shows the version of the
monetdb utility.


For various options, typically
database names, expressions can be used. These expressions
are limited shell-globbing like, where the * in any position
is expanded to an arbitrary string. The * can occur multiple
times in the expression, allowing for more advanced matches.
Note that the empty string also matches the *, hence
"de*mo" can return "demo" as match. To
match the literal ’*’ character, one has to
escape it using a backslash, e.g. "\*".


The monetdb utility
returns exit code 0 if it successfully performed the
requested command. An error caused by user input or database
state is indicated by exit code 1. If an internal
error in the utility occurs, exit code 2 is