Frequently Asked Questions

This section covers other questions that frequently arise when using Canton. If your question is not answered here, consider searching the Daml forum and creating a post if you can’t find the answer.

Log Messages

Database task queue full

If you see the log message:

Task slick.basic.BasicBackend$DatabaseDef$@... rejected from slick.util.AsyncExecutorWithMetrics$$...
[Running, pool size = 25, active threads = 25, queued tasks = 1000, completed tasks = 181375]

It is likely that the database task queue is full. You can check this by inspecting the log message: if the logged queued tasks is equal to the limit for the database task queue, then the task queue is full. This error message does not indicate that anything is broken, and the task will be retried after a delay.

If the error occurs frequently, consider increasing the size of the task queue: = 10000

A higher queue size can lead to better performance, because it avoids the overhead of retrying tasks; on the flip side, a higher queue size comes with higher memory usage.

Serialization Exception

In some situations, you might observe the following log message in your log file or in the database log file:

2022-08-18 09:32:39,150 [⋮] INFO  c.d.c.r.DbStorageSingle - Detected an SQLException. SQL state: 40001, error code: 0
    org.postgresql.util.PSQLException: ERROR: could not serialize access due to concurrent update

This message is normally harmless and indicates that two concurrent queries tried to update a database row and due to the isolation level used, one of them failed. Currently, there are a few places where we use such queries. The Postgres manual will tell you that an application should just retry this query. This is what Canton does.

Canton’s general strategy with database errors is to retry retryable errors until the query succeeds. If the retry does not succeed within a few seconds, a warning is emitted, but the query is still retried.

This means that even if you turn off the database under full load for several hours, under normal circumstances Canton will immediately recover once database access has been restored. There is no reason to be concerned functionally with respect to this message. As long as the message is logged on INFO level, everything is running fine.

However, if the message starts to appear often in your log files, you might want to check the database query latencies, number of database connections and the database load, as this might indicate an overloaded database.

Console Commands

I received an error saying that the DomainAlias I used was too long. Where I can see the limits of String types in Canton?

Bootstrap Scripts

Why do you have an additional new line between each line in your example scripts?

  • When we write participant1 start the scala compiler translates this into participant1.start(). This works great in the console when each line is parsed independently. However with a script all of it’s content is parsed at once, and in which case if there is anything on the line following participant1 start it will assume it is an argument for start and fail. An additional newline prevents this. Adding parenthesis would also work.

How can I use nested import statements to split my script into multiple files?

  • Ammonite supports splitting scripts into several files using two mechanisms. The old one is interp.load.module(..). The new one is import $file.<fname>. The former will compile the module as a whole, which means that variables defined in one module can not be used in another one as they are not available during compilation. The import $file. syntax however will make all variables accessible in the importing script. However, it only works with relative paths as e.g. ../path/to/foo/ needs to be converted into import $file.^ and it only works if the script file is named with suffix .sc.

How do I write data to a file and how do I read it back?

  • Canton uses Protobuf for serialization and as a result, you can leverage Protobuf to write objects to a file. Here is a basic example:
       // Obtain the last event.
       val lastEvent: PossiblyIgnoredProtocolEvent =
           .findMessage(, LatestUpto(CantonTimestamp.MaxValue))
           .getOrElse(throw new NoSuchElementException("Unable to find last event."))

       // Dump the last event to a file.
       utils.write_to_file(lastEvent.toProtoV0, dumpFilePath)

       // Read the last event back from the file.
       val dumpedLastEventP: v0.PossiblyIgnoredSequencedEvent =

       val dumpedLastEventOrErr: Either[
       ] =
           .fromProtoV0(testedProtocolVersion, cryptoPureApi(participant1.config))(

- You can also dump several objects to the same file:
       // Obtain all events.
       val allEvents: Seq[PossiblyIgnoredProtocolEvent] =
         participant1.testing.state_inspection.findMessages(, None, None, None)

       // Dump all events to a file.
       utils.write_to_file(, dumpFilePath)

       // Read the dumped events back from the file.
       val dumpedEventsP: Seq[v0.PossiblyIgnoredSequencedEvent] =

       val dumpedEventsOrErr: Seq[Either[
       ]] = {

- Some classes do not have a (public) ``toProto*`` method, but they can be serialized to a
  `ByteString <>`__
  instead. You can dump the corresponding instances as follows:
// Obtain the last acs commitment.
val lastCommitment: AcsCommitment = participant1.commitments
    throw new NoSuchElementException("Unable to find an acs commitment.")

// Dump the commitment to a file.

// Read the dumped commitment back from the file.
val dumpedLastCommitmentBytes: ByteString =

val dumpedLastCommitmentOrErr: Either[
] =

Why is Canton complaining about my database version?


Canton is tested with Postgres 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 – so these are the recommended versions. Canton is also likely to work with any higher versions, but will WARN when a higher version is encountered. By default, Canton will not start when the Postgres version is below 10.


Canton Enterprise additionally supports using Oracle for storage. Only Oracle 19 has been tested, so by default Canton will not start if the Oracle version is not 19.

Note that Canton’s version checks use the v$$version table so, for the version check to succeed, this table must exist and the database user must have SELECT privileges on the table.

Using non-standard database versions

Canton’s database version checks can be disabled with the following config option:

canton.parameters.non-standard-config = yes

Note that this will disable all “standard config” checks, not just those for the database.

How do I enable unsupported features?

Some alpha / beta features require you to explicitly enable them. However, please note that none of them are supported by us in our commercial product and that turning them on will very much likely break your system:

# first, turn on non-standard configuration support
canton.parameters.non-standard-config = yes {
    # then, enable the version support on the nodes
    will-corrupt-your-system-dev-version-support = yes
    # set the domain protocol version to `dev`
    protocol-version = dev

canton.participants.participant1.parameters = {
    # enable dev version on the participant (this will allow the participant to connect to a domain with dev protocol version)
    will-corrupt-your-system-dev-version-support = yes
    # enable engine lf version support
    unsafe-enable-daml-lf-dev-version = yes

How to troubleshoot included configuration files?

If Canton is unable to find included configuration files, please read the section on including configuration files and the HOCON specification. Additionally, you may run Canton with -Dconfig.trace=loads to get trace information when the configuration is parsed.