Running scrutinize

You can run scrutinize with the following command:.

You can run scrutinize with the following command:

$ /opt/vertica/bin/scrutinize

Unqualified, scrutinize collects a wide range of information from all cluster nodes. It stores the results in a .tar file (VerticaScrutinize.NumericID.tar), with minimal effect on database performance. scrutinize output can help diagnose most issues and yet reduces upload size by omitting fine-grained profiling data.

Command options

scrutinize options support the following tasks:


In order for scrutinize to collect data from all system tables, you must have superuser or SYSMONITOR privileges; otherwise, scrutinize collects data only from the system tables that you have privileges to access. If you run scrutinize as root when the dbadmin user exists, Vertica returns an error.

Disk space requirements

scrutinize requires temporary disk space where it can collect data before posting the final compressed (.tar) output. How much space depends on variables such as the size of the Vertica log and extracted system tables, as well as user-specified options that limit the scope of information collected. Before scrutinize runs, it verifies that the temporary directory contains at least 1 GB of space; however, the actual amount needed can be much higher.

You can redirect scrutinize output to another directory. For details, see Redirecting scrutinize output.

Database specification

If multiple databases are defined on the cluster and more than one is active, or none is active, you must run scrutinize with one of the following options:

$ /opt/vertica/bin/scrutinize {--database=database | -d database}

If you omit this option when these conditions are true, scrutinize returns with an error.