ArangoDB Server Query Options

Limiting memory for AQL queries

--query.memory-limit value

The default maximum amount of memory (in bytes) that a single AQL query can use. When a single AQL query reaches the specified limit value, the query will be aborted with a resource limit exceeded exception. In a cluster, the memory accounting is done per shard, so the limit value is effectively a memory limit per query per shard.

The global limit value can be overridden per query by setting the memoryLimit option value for individual queries when running an AQL query.

The default value is 0, meaning that there is no memory limit.

Turning AQL warnings into errors

--query.fail-on-warning value

When set to true, AQL queries that produce warnings will instantly abort and throw an exception. This option can be set to catch obvious issues with AQL queries early. When set to false, AQL queries that produce warnings will not abort and return the warnings along with the query results. The option can also be overridden for each individual AQL query.

Enable/disable AQL query tracking

--query.tracking flag

If true, the server's AQL slow query tracking feature will be enabled by default. Tracking of queries can be disabled by setting the option to false.

The default is true.

Enable/disable tracking of bind variables in AQL queries

--query.tracking-with-bindvars flag

If true, then the bind variables will be tracked and shown for all running and slow AQL queries. When set to true, this will also enable the display of bind variable values in the list of cached AQL query results. This option only has an effect if --query.tracking was set to true or when the query results cache is used. Tracking and displaying bind variable values can be disabled by setting the option to false.

The default is true.

Threshold for slow AQL queries

--query.slow-threshold value

By setting value it can be controlled after what execution time an AQL query is considered "slow". Any slow queries that exceed the execution time specified in value will be logged when they are finished. The threshold value is specified in seconds. Tracking of slow queries can be turned off entirely by setting the option --query.tracking to false.

The default value is 10.0.

--query.slow-streaming-threshold value

By setting value it can be controlled after what execution time streaming AQL queries are considered "slow". This option exists to give streaming queries a separate, potentially higher timeout value than regular queries. Streaming queries are often executed in lockstep with application data processing logic, which then also accounts for the queries' runtime. It is thus not unexpected if streaming queries' lifetime is longer than the one of regular queries.

The default value is 10.0.

Limiting the number of query execution plans created by the AQL optimizer

--query.optimizer-max-plans value

By setting value it can be controlled how many different query execution plans the AQL query optimizer will generate at most for any given AQL query. Normally the AQL query optimizer will generate a single execution plan per AQL query, but there are some cases in which it creates multiple competing plans. More plans can lead to better optimized queries, however, plan creation has its costs. The more plans are created and shipped through the optimization pipeline, the more time will be spent in the optimizer. Lowering value will make the optimizer stop creating additional plans when it has already created enough plans. Note that this setting controls the default maximum number of plans to create. The value can still be adjusted on a per-query basis by setting the maxNumberOfPlans attribute when running a query.

The default value is 128.

AQL Query results caching mode

--query.cache-mode

Toggles the AQL query results cache behavior. Possible values are:

  • off: do not use query results cache
  • on: always use query results cache, except for queries that have their cache attribute set to false
  • demand: use query results cache only for queries that have their cache attribute set to true

AQL Query results cache size

--query.cache-entries

Maximum number of query results that can be stored per database-specific query results cache. If a query is eligible for caching and the number of items in the database's query cache is equal to this threshold value, another cached query result will be removed from the cache.

This option only has an effect if the query cache mode is set to either on or demand.

The default value is 128.

--query.cache-entries-max-size

Maximum cumulated size of query results that can be stored per database-specific query results cache. When inserting a query result into the query results cache, it is check if the total size of cached results would exceed this value, and if so, another cached query result will be removed from the cache before inserting a new one.

This option only has an effect if the query cache mode is set to either on or demand.

The default value is 256 MB.

--query.cache-entry-max-size

Maximum size of individual query results that can be stored in any database's query results cache. Query results are only eligible for caching when their size does not exceed this setting's value.

The default value is 16 MB.

--query.cache-include-system-collections

Whether or not to store results of queries that involve system collections in the query results cache. Not storing these results is normally beneficial when using the query results cache, as queries on system collections are internal to ArangoDB and will only use space in the query results cache unnecessarily.

The default value is false.