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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 13, 2017

SQL EXPORT command to create export streamfiles in e.g. CSV format

Wouldn't it be nice, if DB2 for i would provide an EXPORT statement, which would generate export streamfiles similar to CPYTOIMPF.
e.g. something like


with optional parms to control field, string and line separators as well as the codepage. Column labels in *SQL format should be default.

Use Case:

We often have to ask customers about system information which is available meanwhile in many DB2 services. Output can be wide and difficult to handle, so to preserve the contents one could create an output file from it which the customer would need to sav to a savf and ftp to his PC in order to send it to us. On our end we again need to restore the savf and look into the table with any sql interface.
Would be much simpler with just one sql command that generates the csv file which then could be retrieved with e.g. a netshare and sent to us.
Result can be easily looked at with an editor or spreadsheet.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 23, 2023

    Idea was finally implemented as

  • Guest
    Oct 23, 2017

    EXPORT is not common nor standard.
    Instead of using EXPORT, we recommend the use of the QSYS2.QCMDEXC() procedure and the CPYTOIMPF command.
    CPYTOIMPF also has been enhanced to have more user controls.
    We recommend that IBM i clients reconsider using CPYTOIMPF for this use case.
    I'm including links to enhancements for your information.
    Regards, Scott Forstie!/wiki/IBM%20i%20Technology%20Updates/page/CPYTOIMPF%20and%20CPYFRMIMPF%20commands%20%E2%80%93%20Include%20column%20headings