When encountering a “Table not found” error, what steps should you take to troubleshoot?

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When encountering a "Table not found" error, what steps should you take to troubleshoot and identify the root cause?

Daniel Steinhold Answered question August 16, 2023

Encountering a "Table not found" error in Snowflake typically means that the table you're referencing in your query does not exist in the specified schema or database. Here's a step-by-step guide to troubleshoot and identify the root cause of this error:

1. **Double-Check Table Name and Schema**:
- Verify that you've spelled the table name correctly in your query. Case sensitivity matters in Snowflake.
- Make sure you've specified the correct schema where the table is located, especially if you're not using the default schema.
2. **Check Database and Schema**:
- Confirm that you're connected to the correct database. Use the **`USE DATABASE`** statement to switch to the intended database.
- If the table is in a specific schema, ensure that you're using the correct schema by using the **`USE SCHEMA`** statement.
3. **Use Fully Qualified Names**:
- Consider using fully qualified table names (including database and schema) to avoid ambiguity and ensure you're referencing the correct table.
4. **Permissions and Access**:
- Ensure that your user account has the necessary privileges to access the specified database and schema, as well as to read from the table.
- If you're accessing the table through a view, make sure you have permissions to the view and underlying tables.
5. **Check Query History**:
- Review your query history to see if similar queries have failed before and how they were resolved. This might provide insights into the issue.
6. **Case Sensitivity**:
- Snowflake is case-sensitive. Verify that you've used the correct capitalization for the table name and schema.
7. **Check for Renamed or Dropped Tables**:
- If the table was recently renamed or dropped, update your query to reflect the new table name or create the table again if it was dropped.
8. **Table Ownership and Schema Changes**:
- If you're working in a shared environment, someone else might have moved the table to a different schema. Check with your team to ensure that the table is still in the expected location.
9. **Use DESC Command**:
- If you suspect that the table might exist but you're not sure about the name or location, use the **`DESCRIBE`** command to list the tables in the specified schema and database.
10. **Query Metadata**:
- Use system views like **`INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES`** or **`SHOW TABLES`** to list all tables in the specified schema and database.
11. **Check for Synonyms**:
- If you're using synonyms to reference the table, verify that the synonym is correctly defined and points to the intended table.
12. **Reconnect and Retry**:
- Sometimes, connectivity issues or transient errors can lead to false "Table not found" errors. Reconnect to Snowflake and retry the query.
13. **Contact Snowflake Support**:
- If you've exhausted all troubleshooting steps and are still unable to resolve the issue, reach out to Snowflake support for assistance.

By systematically checking these steps, you can identify the root cause of the "Table not found" error and take the necessary actions to resolve it.

Daniel Steinhold Answered question August 16, 2023

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