Channel name length limit

It seems that there’s a hard limit of 128 characters for channel names. After that the API responds with internal server error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/internal/common/api/utils.py", line 130, in func_wrapper
    return func(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/internal/common/api/utils.py", line 176, in func_wrapper
    raise NeptuneServerResponseErrorException(exc.status, exc)
neptune.internal.common.api.exceptions.NeptuneServerResponseErrorException: status: 500, response_message: Internal Server Error
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/internal/common/api/utils.py", line 160, in func_wrapper
    return func(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/internal/common/api/utils.py", line 197, in func_wrapper
    return func(*args, **dict(kwargs, headers_handler=headers_handler))
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/apis/default_api.py", line 1895, in create_channel
    headers_handler=params.get('headers_handler'))
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/api_client.py", line 333, in call_api
    response_type, auth_settings, callback, headers_handler)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/api_client.py", line 155, in __call_api
    post_params=post_params, body=body)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/api_client.py", line 369, in request
    body=body)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/rest.py", line 164, in POST
    body=body)
  File "/home/koz4k/miniconda3/envs/t2t/lib/python3.5/site-packages/neptune/generated/swagger_client/rest.py", line 132, in request
    raise ApiException(http_resp=r)
neptune.generated.swagger_client.rest.ApiException: (500)
Reason: Server Error
HTTP response headers: {'Date': 'Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:59:29 GMT', 'Via': '1.1 google', 'Alt-Svc': 'clear', 'Server': 'nginx', 'Content-Type': 'application/json;charset=utf-8', 'Transfer-Encoding': 'chunked'}
HTTP response body: Internal Server Error

Is there a chance of removing or at least increasing this limit? We’re currently working with the tensor2tensor library which tends to generate long names for TF summaries, such as:

autoencoder_autoencoder_ordered_discrete/parallel_0_7/autoencoder_ordered_discrete/autoencoder_ordered_discrete/image_modality/image_modality/targets_bottom/image

Working around this limit would require us to come up with some heuristic to shorten those names, which would be a hacky and not very general solution. I think a limit of 512 characters would be enough.

Also, a meta-issue: it wouldn’t hurt to have more descriptive errors from input validation than “internal server error”. I just spent about 2 hours trying to figure out the cause.

Hi,

Yeah, we definitely need to work on this error message.

I’ll talk to the team about that, and if there are no technical issues, we should increase the limit soon

Regards,
Hubert

Thank you very much.