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What do I when I get “Function not found” error while executing a UDF (User-Defined Function)?

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If a user encounters a "Function not found" error while executing a UDF (User-Defined Function), what troubleshooting steps should be taken?

Daniel Steinhold Answered question August 16, 2023

Encountering a "Function not found" error when executing a User-Defined Function (UDF) in Snowflake typically indicates that the UDF you're trying to use is either not defined or not accessible in the current context. To troubleshoot and resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1. **Check UDF Name and Case Sensitivity**:
- Ensure that the UDF name is spelled correctly and is case-sensitive. UDF names in Snowflake are case-insensitive when defined, but they are case-sensitive when referenced in queries.
2. **Check UDF Definition**:
- Verify that the UDF is defined in the appropriate schema. The schema may be different from your current session's default schema.
3. **Check Schema Prefix**:
- If the UDF is defined in a different schema than your current default schema, use the schema prefix when calling the UDF. For example, if the UDF is defined in the schema "my_schema," use **`my_schema.my_udf()`**.
4. **Check for UDF Compilation Errors**:
- Review the UDF's definition for any compilation errors. If there are syntax errors or other issues in the UDF code, it might not be available for use.
5. **Check UDF Permissions**:
- Ensure that you have the necessary privileges to execute the UDF. Use the **`SHOW GRANTS`** command to verify your permissions on the UDF.
6. **Check Function Signature**:
- Verify that the UDF signature (number and types of input parameters) matches the way you're calling the UDF in your query.
7. **Check UDF Version**:
- If you recently updated the UDF, make sure that you're using the correct version of the UDF in your queries.
8. **Use Fully Qualified UDF Name**:
- If the UDF is defined in a different database or a shared external schema, use the fully qualified UDF name with the database and schema names.
9. **Session Context**:
- Check if your session is using a role or session parameters that affect UDF visibility. Ensure your session's settings are compatible with the UDF access.
10. **Temporary Functions**:
- If the UDF is defined as a temporary function, ensure that it is still in scope and available for use within your session.
11. **Refresh Metadata**:
- If you've recently defined or modified the UDF, you might need to refresh the metadata using the **`REFRESH`** command to make sure the UDF is recognized.
12. **Contact UDF Creator or Administrator**:
- If you're still unable to resolve the issue, reach out to the person who created the UDF or your Snowflake administrator for assistance.
13. **Query Examples**:
- Review examples of how the UDF should be called and used in Snowflake's documentation or other resources to ensure you're using it correctly.

By following these troubleshooting steps, you can identify and address the "Function not found" error when executing a User-Defined Function (UDF) in Snowflake and ensure the successful usage of your UDFs.

Daniel Steinhold Answered question August 16, 2023

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