In the Vertica database, what does the term "namespace" mean?

I have reviewed the entire Vertica documentation and cannot find what this means.

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    Can you tell us where you use "namespace", because it is used in many places with diferent scopes. Can be used in Driver conf, java pkg , in the set path(vsql)...
    – Up_One
    Jun 11, 2013 at 16:15

2 Answers 2


The namespace refers to a schema (select * from [schema].[tablename]). If you search the "SQL Reference guide" you will find the term used interchangeably, although, schema is used a lot more since its standard SQL.

  • Where is the "SQL Reference guide"? I cant find that term in Google or the Vertica manual.
    – davidjhp
    Jun 6, 2013 at 14:29
  • How do you know that namespace is a synonym for schema? Do you have a citation for this?
    – davidjhp
    Jun 6, 2013 at 14:30
  • @davidjhp: quote from here: my.vertica.com/docs/6.1.x/HTML/index.htm#1243.htm "In SQL statements, a schema refers to named namespace for a logical schema"
    – user1822
    Jun 11, 2013 at 22:46

I don't think it has to do with the schema synonym - and schemas don't have synonyms, they use search_path that lists in order the schemas Vertica will try to resolve the full path to the object.

For example :

vertica=> select * from bla;
ERROR:  relation "bla" does not exist
vertica_user1=> show search_path;
    name     |                      setting
 search_path | "$user", public, v_catalog, v_monitor, v_internal
(1 row)

vertica_user1=> set search_path = main_wh, "$user", public, v_catalog, v_monitor, v_internal;
vertica_user1=> select * from bla;;

Hope this helped!

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