wrong datetime format from parquet with external table on synapse serverless

Tommaso Capelli 11 Reputation points

Hello everyone! I'm facing a problem while loading a parquet file(171118-salesparquet.txt rename removing txt externsion) in an external table in a Synapse serveless instance. In the file there's a column formatted as a datetime(Saledate). If I try to load it in an external table the datetime is always seen as a bigint and there's no way to cast it otherwise.

If I try to look at the data using CETA the column id recognized as int:

To check things out I tried to open the same file with Power Query in Power BI and the columns is correctly recognized as a datetime:

Do you have any advice/tip/solution for this?

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Azure Synapse Analytics
An Azure analytics service that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing, and big data analytics. Previously known as Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
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  1. 39457273 6 Reputation points

    i am also facing same issue please anyone have solution for this?

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  2. AnnuKumari-MSFT 31,726 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Tommaso Capelli ,
    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A platform and thanks for posting your query. Apologies for delay in response.
    As I understand your requirement , Currently you have dates that appear to be not valid datetime2 values in the parquet and it is stopping the querying of the file.

    It might be different version of parquet read using to read parquet file. Say, you use spark 2.4 to write the file, it will use Julian calendar. However, when serverless reads it, it will use Gregorian calendar which causes the problem.

    One possible solution in Synapse architecture might be,

    1. In spark 2.4 pool, read the parquet file and write as json.
    2. In spark 3.0 pool, set spark.sql.legacy.parquet.int96RebaseModeInWrite to CORRECTED, and read staging json file and write to ADLS again as parquet. With that parquet file, the value is correct

    Doc reference that can be considered:

    Column is not compatible with external data type
    Inserting value to batch for column type DATETIME2 failed

    Hope this will help. Please let us know if any further queries.


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