Changes in 3.0
Below is a summary of changes from V2.8. Commercially licensed users may obtain the detailed change list / release notes from (http://downloads.kx.com)
Production release date
Vectors are no longer limited to 2 billion items as they now have a 64-bit length.
The default integer is no longer 32-bit, it is 64-bit. i.e. in k/q 0 is shorthand for
0i represents a 32-bit int.
You should almost never see type
i, just like we never see type
The return type from
floor, … are now 64-bit ints (q longs)
Schemas and q script files should be fine.
There will be some NUCs when performing operations like
0^int(), as this now returns a vector of 64-bit ints. It may be simplest to scan your code for numeric literals, and where 32-bit ints are intended to be kept, specify them explicitly as such, e.g.
0i^… This can be done prior to upgrade and such tokens are compatible with previous versions.
Kdb+ 3.0 can read 2.7/2.8 kdb+ file formats without conversion. Kdb+ files created by 3.0 cannot be read by previous versions.
IPC messaging is similar to previous versions, and no single message can exceed 2 billion bytes. In general, if you choose to upgrade, to ensure full IPC interop you should first upgrade your current kdb+ version to the latest release of that version (assuming versions 2.6 thru 2.8), then update client applications to use the latest drivers and then update the kdb+ version to V3.0. If you do not upgrade the drivers, you will not be able to send timestamp/timespan types to those applications, nor use IPC compression.
Shared libraries that are loaded into kdb+ must be recompiled using the new k header, and some function signatures have widened some of their types:
When compiling for V3.0, define
gcc -D KXVER=3 …
At the moment there's no need to recompile standalone apps, i.e. that do not load as a shared lib into kdb+. If you choose to update to the latest
k.h header file, and compile with
KXVER=3, ensure that you link to the latest C library (
c.dll). For legacy apps that are just being maintained, you can continue to use the new header file and compile with
KXVER undefined or
=2, and bind with older
c.obj available from the SVN repository revision 1442.
Kdb+V3.0 has support for WebSockets according to RFC 6455, and has been tested with Chrome and Firefox. It is expected that other browsers will catch up shortly.
A new type – Guid, type 2 – has been added. See Datatypes
plisthas been removed.
date+time results in timestamp type; previously date+time resulted in datetime type, which has been deprecated since V2.6.