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Db2 for i

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Provide proper SQL auditing user/timestamps

Currently there's a mix of SESSION and CLIENT_USERID fields that can be used with Generated Always but the first returns the native account, while the second returns the client account but is blank when executed from SQL on IBM i itself. Please pr...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Change all SQL Interfaces (RUNSQLSTM, RUNSQL, STRSQL, etc) to NOT generate QSQLSRC in QTEMP

When "compiling" an SQL Procedure, Function, Variable or sequence the system (RUNSQLSTM) generates 2 work files as outlined in 2nd file name is QSQL00001 (or similar) while the 1st...
about 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 3 Not under consideration

audit fields

We would like to register info about creation and update of a row (anddelete when it comes to temporal tables). For these lifeCycleEvents', we need to store automatically (once forcreation, always for update) : - current timestamp, - transactionId...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 3 Not under consideration

"UPSERT" - update or insert

It would be appreciated if a UPSERT SQL statement could be introduced, that do an UPDATE but if the row does not exist will be changed to an insert. Look at upsert patterns and antipatterns:
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Not under consideration

Increase VARCHAR() Scaler to 65KB, 16MB or 2GB

Currently SQL VARCHAR() scalar function under DB2 for i supports lengths of up to 32k or 32k-1 w/Nullable values. HLL on IBM i support 64k Varchar column/fields as well as 16MB Varchar lengths. Other Platforms (Microsoft) also support much longer ...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Allow use of RPG procedures in embedded SQL as host "variable"

When writing embedded SQL, host variables should be real variables instead of expressions which requires additional step to define extra work variables and assign the expression in advance to the work variable. Use Case: An example might be as fol...
almost 6 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 4 Not under consideration

SQL update with a From clause

Having worked a little with MS SQL Server I've found their SQL Update with a from clause Very convenientlikeupdate fileAset fileA.field1 = fileB.field1from fileA inner join fileB on fileB.key = fileA.key IMHO this syntax is much clearer then the c...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Idea new DB2 for i Command

Idea-new command in SQL- similar to CPYTBLRECF or DUPTBLRECF: command would provide a function to copy selected records between tables either fixed record and field lengths or variable only check command would validate same record/field lengths wi...
4 months ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 1 Not under consideration

Support *ALLUSR and *ALL for QUSLMBR API

The QUSLMBR API supports a full library name, *LIBL or *CURLIB. However there is a need to "find members" on the system so *ALLUSR and even *ALL should be supported to enable that capability. Use Case: Using QUSLMBR I want to locate on the system ...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 4 Not under consideration

Add file types to CPYTOIMPF

We use CPYTOIMPF to create CSVs for our users. There are times when the .XLSX format is smaller in size. CPYTOIMPF would need to auto sense the target file extension type or require the user to supply the target file type and append the extension ...
about 2 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration