Missing some Mongo data in your data warehouse? Due to how Mongo sorts data based on data type, Stitch may be unable to correctly identify new and updated data. If you don’t see data that you’d expect to, the root cause may be multiple data types in the table’s Replication Key field.

Here’s an example of how this can impact replication:

  1. You sync a table, using a field called table_id as the Replication Key. This field contains both ObjectId and String data types.
  2. A historical sync of the table completes.
  3. Because Mongo considers ObjectId data types to be greater than Strings, Stitch will record the MAX value as the last replicated record containing an ObjectId data type in the Replication Key field.
  4. New records are added to the table.
  5. During the next sync, Stitch uses the last recorded MAX value - in this case, an ObjectId - to identify new/updated data. Remember: only records with Replication Key values greater than or equal to this value will be selected for replication.
  6. Because ObjectIds > Strings, all records with Strings are considered to be less than the last recorded MAX value. This means Stitch won’t be able to detect these records and replicate them to your data warehouse.

Checking for Multiple Data Types

To determine if a field has more than one data type, we recommend running the following queries. We’re using Mongo version 3.0+, so keep in mind that these queries may be different for your version.

Run this query to count how many of a single data type there are in the table’s Replication Key field, replacing:

  • nameOfCollection with the table name,
  • replicationKeyField with the field name, and
  • knownDataTypeId with the Mongo BSON data type ID. You can find the data type IDs here in Mongo’s docs.
   db.nameOfCollection.count({replicationKeyField: {$type: knownDataTypeId}});

Next, run this query to get a count of all records in the table:


Compare the results. If the counts are equal, then the Replication Key field contains only one data type.

Additionally, the following query will return the MAX value for the table’s Replication Key field. This can be helpful when comparing your source database to what’s in your data warehouse:


Next Steps

If Collection Count ≠ Data Type Count

If the results of the data type and total record counts aren’t equal, multiple data types in the Replication Key field may be interfering with Stitch’s replication process. Resolving this issue may require a full re-sync of the problem table.

If Collection Count = Data Type Count

If the results of the data type and total record counts queries are equal, then the root cause may not be multiple data types and further investigation is needed.

Before Contacting Support

Before reaching out to support, we recommend using the Data Discrepancy Troubleshooting Guide to further investigate the problem if you haven’t already. Providing us with the information from the queries in this article as well as the guide will help us pinpoint the issue more quickly.

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