USE keyspace

Using a keyspace allows to omit keyspace name in queries.

For example in cqlsh one could write:

cqlsh> SELECT * FROM my_keyspace.table;

 a     | b     |
-------+-------+
 12345 | 54321 |

(1 rows)
cqlsh> USE my_keyspace;
cqlsh:my_keyspace> SELECT * FROM table;

 a     | b     |
-------+-------+
 12345 | 54321 |

(1 rows)

Tables from other keyspaces can still easily be accessed by using their keyspace names.

cqlsh:my_keyspace> SELECT * FROM other_keyspace.other_table;

In the driver this can be achieved using Session::use_keyspace:


session
    .query("INSERT INTO my_keyspace.tab (a) VALUES ('test1')", &[])
    .await?;

session.use_keyspace("my_keyspace", false).await?;

// Now we can omit keyspace name in the query
session
    .query("INSERT INTO tab (a) VALUES ('test2')", &[])
    .await?;

The first argument is the keyspace name.The second argument states whether this name is case sensitive.

It is also possible to send raw use keyspace query using Session::query instead of Session::use_keyspace such as:


session.query("USE my_keyspace", &[]).await?;

This method has a slightly worse latency than Session::use_keyspace - there are two roundtrips needed instead of one. Therefore, Session::use_keyspace is the preferred method for setting keyspaces.

Multiple use queries at once

Don’t run multiple use_keyspace queries at once. This could end up with half of connections using one keyspace and the other half using the other.

Case sensitivity

In CQL a keyspace name can be case insensitive (without ") or case sensitive (with ").If the second argument to use_keyspace is set to true this keyspace name will be wrapped in ".It is best to avoid the problem altogether and just not create two keyspaces with the same name but different cases.

Let’s see what happens when there are two keyspaces with the same name but different cases: my_keyspace and MY_KEYSPACE:


// lowercase name without case sensitivity will use my_keyspace
session.use_keyspace("my_keyspace", false).await?;

// lowercase name with case sensitivity will use my_keyspace
session.use_keyspace("my_keyspace", true).await?;

// uppercase name without case sensitivity will use my_keyspace
session.use_keyspace("MY_KEYSPACE", false).await?;

// uppercase name with case sensitivity will use MY_KEYSPACE
session.use_keyspace("MY_KEYSPACE", true).await?;