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TiDB Lightning Prechecks

Starting from TiDB 5.3.0, TiDB Lightning provides the ability to check the configuration before running a migration task. It is enabled by default. This feature automatically performs some routine checks for disk space and execution configuration. The main purpose is to ensure that the whole subsequent import process goes smoothly.

The following table describes each check item and detailed explanation.

Check ItemsSupported VersionDescription
Cluster version and status>= 5.3.0Check whether the cluster can be connected in the configuration, and whether the TiKV/PD/TiFlash version supports the physical import mode.
Permissions>= 5.3.0When the data source is cloud storage (Amazon S3), check whether TiDB Lightning has the necessary permissions and make sure that the import will not fail due to lack of permissions.
Disk space>= 5.3.0Check whether there is enough space on the local disk and on the TiKV cluster for importing data. TiDB Lightning samples the data sources and estimates the percentage of the index size from the sample result. Because indexes are included in the estimation, there might be cases where the size of the source data is less than the available space on the local disk, but still, the check fails. In the physical import mode, TiDB Lightning also checks whether the local storage is sufficient because external sorting needs to be done locally. For more details about the TiKV cluster space and local storage space (controlled by sort-kv-dir), see Downstream storage space requirements and Resource requirements.
Region distribution status>= 5.3.0Check whether the Regions in the TiKV cluster are distributed evenly and whether there are too many empty Regions. If the number of empty Regions exceeds max(1000, number of tables * 3), i.e. greater than the bigger one of "1000" or "3 times the number of tables ", then the import cannot be executed.
Exceedingly Large CSV files in the data file>= 5.3.0When there are CSV files larger than 10 GiB in the backup file and auto-slicing is not enabled (StrictFormat=false), it will impact the import performance. The purpose of this check is to remind you to ensure the data is in the right format and to enable auto-slicing.
Recovery from breakpoints>= 5.3.0This check ensures that no changes are made to the source file or schema in the database during the breakpoint recovery process that would result in importing the wrong data.
Import into an existing table>= 5.3.0When importing into an already created table, it checks, as much as possible, whether the source file matches the existing table. Check if the number of columns matches. If the source file has column names, check if the column names match. When there are default columns in the source file, it checks if the default columns have Default Value, and if they have, the check passes.
Whether the target table is empty>= 5.3.1TiDB Lightning automatically exits with an error if the target table is not empty. If parallel import mode is enabled (parallel-import = true), this check item will be skipped.
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