I'm following Cassandra docs to learn CQL but when I type the query SELECT * from system.schema_keyspaces; the system generates InvalidRequest: code=2200 [Invalid query] message= unconfigured table system.schema_keyspaces. Although I'm able to execute another quires like create, update..etc.

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The issue you are having here, is that you are using docs to explore Cassandra that are for version 2.0 and 2.1. My guess is that you are probably using Cassandra 3.0. In that case, you will need to query the system_schema keyspace for the "keyspaces" table:

cassandra@cqlsh:system_schema> SELECT * FROM system_schema.keyspaces;

 keyspace_name      | durable_writes | replication
               test |           True | {'PowerWindows': '1', 'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.NetworkTopologyStrategy'}
        system_auth |           True |    {'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': '1'}
      system_schema |           True |                                {'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.LocalStrategy'}
 system_distributed |           True |    {'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': '3'}
             system |           True |                                {'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.LocalStrategy'}
      system_traces |           True |    {'class': 'org.apache.cassandra.locator.SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': '2'}

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Cassandra underwent a major storage engine rewrite for 3.0+, so much of the schema interactions are different as of that version. In the future, be sure to double-check valid documentation versions with your local Cassandra version. From cqlsh, you can query that:

cassandra@cqlsh:system_schema> SELECT release_version from system.local;


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    @JimmyJanson if it helps upvote, accept!!!
    – user52045
    Jan 7, 2017 at 10:24

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