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From "paul cannon (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-4416) Include metadata for system keyspace itself in schema_* tables
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:44:34 GMT
paul cannon created CASSANDRA-4416:

             Summary: Include metadata for system keyspace itself in schema_* tables
                 Key: CASSANDRA-4416
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Core
    Affects Versions: 1.0.5
            Reporter: paul cannon
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.1.3

The `system.schema_keyspaces`, `system.schema_columnfamilies`, and `system.schema_columns`
virtual tables allow clients to query schema and layout information through CQL. This will
be invaluable when users start to make more use of the CQL-only protocol (CASSANDRA-2478),
since there will be no other way to determine certain information about available columnfamilies,
keyspaces, or show metadata about them.

However, the system keyspace itself, and all the columnfamilies in it, are not represented
in the schema_* tables:

cqlsh> select * from system.schema_keyspaces where "keyspace" = 'system';
cqlsh> select * from system.schema_columnfamilies where "keyspace" = 'system';
cqlsh> select * from system.schema_columns where "keyspace" = 'system';

It would be greatly helpful to clients which do more introspection than the minimum (say,
for example, cqlsh) to be able to get information on the structure and availability of schema-definition

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