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Provide DDL of assets when analyze phase of automated discovery fails.

When analyze phase of automated discovery fails, providing DDL of assets helps users to understand and/or troubleshoot the issue. For example, a view assets could not be accessed for data anymore when some of its dependency table is not available. Without info about the asset type and DDL, it is hard for an ICP4D user to understand why analyze phase could fail due to a non-existing table which user does not even select for analyze.

Sample reproduction steps:

In Db2 source:
db2 "create view a_view as (select * from TEST_TABLE)"
db2 "rename table TEST_TABLE to TEST_TABLE_renamed"

Select A_VIEW as a table asset for Automated Discovery, it fails with the following error message about TEST_TABLE rather than about A_VIEW itself:
"name": "Column analysis {ec1481df.fee6c3ac.0oona7b3o.bsvocn3.3c1vd6.u5us6htsp6c5u38fh4146}",
"message": "DataStage job failed. Check the log for more details.\nDataStage job log:\nEntry 26: main_program: Fatal Error: The connector received an error from the driver. The reported error is: \n[SQLSTATE 56098] DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-727, SQLSTATE=56098, SQLERRMC=3;-204;42704;DB2INST1.TEST_TABLE, DRIVER=3.71.22\n[SQLSTATE 56098] DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-727, SQLSTATE=56098, SQLERRMC=3;-204;42704;DB2INST1.TEST_TABLE, DRIVER=3.71.22.\n",
"jobLog": [],
"elapsedTime": 15619,
"status": "failed"
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  • Oct 13 2020
  • Not Under Consideration
Who would benefit from this IDEA? Any persona performing data discovery.
How should it work?

Provide a way for user to review DDL of assets

Idea Priority Medium
Priority Justification Reduce troubleshoot efforts for ICP4D end users.
Client Name Verizon
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    Austin Robichaud commented
    26 Oct 11:00pm

    Got it, thanks @weiren! This explainability improvement is something that we'll look to improve in the next generation of discovery

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    Guest commented
    21 Oct 12:09am

    ICP4D could indicate the asset is not an actual table, but rather something else, e.g. a view or an alias etc, and provide a way to show asset's DDL, in this example, it would be
    "create view a_view as (select * from TEST_TABLE)"

  • Admin
    Austin Robichaud commented
    20 Oct 10:58pm

    Thanks for your idea Weiren! Can you provide the ideal error message in the case that you outlined above? Thanks

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