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Content Validator Quick Facts

  • 5 April 2021
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Last tested: May 2020

 

The content validator checks to see which of your Looks and dashboard tiles are broken by LookML changes.

DOES

  • Replace models, explores, views, fields, fields used in table calculations and custom fields

  • Remove models, explores, views and fields

  • Check lookless tiles (Looker 5.10+)

  • Validates against the mode you're in (dev : active branch or prod) however changes are applied globally

  • Give the ability to delete broken looks/tiles

  • Check personal spaces

  • Check look filters

  • Check dashboard filters (Looker 6.10+)

  • Allow calling through the API (https://docs.looker.com/reference/api-and-integration/api-reference/v3.1/content#validate_content)

DOES NOT

  • Remove fields used in table calculations and custom fields

  • Check LookML dashboards (LookML validator does this)

  • Check a subset of content 

  • Check Trash (Looker 4.12+)

  • Check content you don't have access to

  • Time out after a certain period of time. (However, restarting the Looker instance does kill the Content Validator.)

Way more info in Docs.

 

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  • Validates against the mode you're in (dev : active branch or prod) however changes are applied globally

 

Would be great if this part were specifically stated in the Looker documentation here

From the current doc, it gives the impression that there is a separation between dev mode and production when a change hasn’t been pushed to production.

 

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