Modifies an Xpand deployment, resizing the device1 files on all Xpand Nodes.

When using the Xpand Storage Engine topology, the details described here only apply when you connect to the Xpand nodes.



Xpand monitors the amount of space available within your deployment and proactively warns of potential capacity issues. Individual Xpand Nodes use the device1 file to store various information, including all table data, undo logs, and system objects. Xpand ensures that device1 remains the same size on all nodes.

This statement increases the size of device1 on all nodes. It does not support reducing the size of device1.


This statement triggers a group change. It is recommended that you only resize devices on off-peak hours, when the load is minimal.

Types of Storage

To understand how to manage the Device and Database Utilization, one must first understand how Xpand allocates disk space. Xpand creates and allocates space in two different files:

Main Storage - device1

The main device1 storage is used for all database data, undo logs, temporary tables, binlogs, Xpand system tables, as well as temporary storage used for query execution. The initial size of the device1 file is auto-detected by the Xpand installer, but can also be configured manually. Post-installation, the device1 file's size can be extended using ALTER CLUSTER RESIZE DEVICES.

Xpand expects the device1 file to be the same size on every node. By default, on database startup, Xpand will automatically attempt to resize the device1 file on each node to match the largest device1 file in the deployment. To disable this feature, set device_auto_resize_to_largest=false.

Temporary storage is used for sorting and grouping of large query results and is stored in device1. There are two global variables to control temp space usage:

  • device_temporary_space_limit_bytes limits the amount of space usable for temporary storage.

  • device_temporary_space_preallocate_bytes specifies the amount of space that will be pre-allocated for temp space (guaranteed for use by temp).

Setting device_temporary_space_limit_bytes allows additional temp space to be used, but does not guarantee additional space will be available for temp. Increasing these values takes effect immediately, while decreasing it takes effect after database restart.


Prior to Xpand 9.2, temp space was stored in a separate file called device1-temp, but with v9.2, temp space is now managed within the device1 file.

Write-ahead Log - device1-redo

The write-ahead log (WAL) is stored in the device1-redo file. This size of this file is 4GB and is not configurable.

Checking Storage Utilization

/opt/clustrix/bin/clx space
nid |   Hostname   | Status  |       Undo      |       Perm      |       WAL        |    Temp    |       Used      | DB Total | FS Free
 16 |  eukanuba003 |    OK   |  321.8M (0.04%) |  674.7G (79.4%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  760.1G (89.4%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 17 |  karma183    |    OK   |  313.5M (0.04%) |  664.6G (78.2%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  750.1G (88.2%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 18 |  eukanuba002 |    OK   |  324.3M (0.04%) |  669.5G (78.8%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  755.0G (88.8%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 19 |  eukanuba001 |    OK   |  339.7M (0.04%) |  671.0G (78.9%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  756.4G (89.0%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 20 |  eukanuba005 |    OK   |  277.3M (0.03%) |  668.7G (78.7%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  754.1G (88.7%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 21 |  eukanuba004 |    OK   |  420.3M (0.05%) |  678.6G (79.8%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  764.1G (89.9%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 22 |  eukanuba006 |    OK   |  397.0M (0.05%) |  670.4G (78.9%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  755.9G (88.9%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
 23 |  karma184    |    OK   |  479.9M (0.06%) |  674.8G (79.4%) |  1024.0M (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |  760.3G (89.5%) |   850.0G |  113.9G
                                  2.8G (0.04%) |    5.2T (79.0%) |     8.0G (0.12%) |  0 (0.00%) |    5.9T (89.1%) |     6.6T |  910.9G

Global Variables

The default values for these global variables are optimal for most workloads.

  • device_auto_resize_to_largest

    Automatically resize all (online) devices in the deployment to match the largest device

    Default: TRUE

  • device_temporary_space_limit_bytes

    Maximum number of bytes allowed to be used for temporary containers.

    Default: 5368709120

  • device_temporary_space_preallocate_bytes

    The amount of space that will be pre-allocated for temporary storage.

    Default: 5368709120

Database Storage Thresholds

Global variables establish the database storage thresholds for a deployment. When the first level of thresholds are exceeded, alerts are sent. If storage utilization continues to increase, user queries will begin to fail once the next set of thresholds are exceeded. Finally, if storage utilization continues to grow, system queries (including for critical internal processes) will be killed. Once the database is completely full, the database may become inoperable. See Issue Resolution below for suggestions on freeing space.

The following variables are use to set thresholds for device1 utilization.

  • databasefull_message_interval_s

    Database almost full message interval in seconds.

    Default: 120

    Minimum: 10

    Maximum: 600.

  • databasefull_user_warn_percentage

    Warn about user queries when space usage surpasses this percentage.

    Default: 80

    Minimum: 50

    Maximum: databasefull_user_error_percentage - 1

  • databasefull_user_error_percentage

    Fail user queries when space usage surpasses this percentage.

    Default: 90

    Minimum: databasefull_user_warn_percentage + 1

    Maximum: databasefull_system_warn_percentage - 1

  • databasefull_system_warn_percentage

    Warn about system queries when space usage surpasses this percentage.

    Default: 95

    Minimum: databasefull_user_error_percentage + 1

    Maximum: databasefull_system_error_percentage - 1

  • databasefull_system_error_percentage

    Fail user queries when space usage surpasses this percentage.

    Default: 97

    Minimum: databasefull_system_warn_percentage + 1

    Maximum: >99

User queries are transactions which originate with an end user whereas system queries are internal Xpand processes such the Rebalancer, binlog deletes.

Alert Messages

The following alerts are triggered when the corresponding global variable is exceeded. This is evaluated each time Xpand allocates space and any alerts necessary are sent every databasefull_message_interval_s seconds. If multiple alerts are detected, only the most critical will appear.

  • databasefull_user_warn_percentage


    Level: warning

    Database space low.

    Message: Database space is nn% used. Soon user queries will fail.

  • databasefull_user_error_percentag


    Level: warning

    Database space extreme.

    Message: Database space is nn% used. User queries will now fail.

  • databasefull_system_warn_percentage


    Level: critical

    Database space critical

    Message: Database space is nn% used. User queries will fail, and soon system queries will fail.

  • databasefull_system_error_percentage


    Level: critical

    Database space exhausted

    Message: Database space is nn% used. User queries and system queries will now fail.

Resolving Low Space Issues

When you receive any of the alerts above, some action will be necessary to prevent the capacity of device1 from reaching the next threshold.

Some resolutions to consider:

  • Add nodes to the deployment using ALTER CLUSTER ADD

  • Increase available space on the deployment by:

    • Trimming Binlogs

    • Deleting data

  • Enlarge the size of the device1 file on all nodes by using ALTER CLUSTER RESIZE DEVICES.

  • Terminate and reschedule long running transactions such as ALTERs, Backups, and long-running transactions. These halt garbage collection and cause the undo log to temporarily grow in size.

If you need assistance, please contact Support.