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

CHGPF with SRCFILE option causes all Field Procedures to decrypt all the data encrypted in the file

when a CHGPF with SRCFILE option is ran over a Physical file with a Field Procedure on one or more fields the data is automatically decrypted to the the full value.

Use Case:

When file XFILE contains a field SOCIAL that has a field procedure on it. The field in all of the records is encrypted. If a user runs the CHGPF(XFILE) SRCFILE(QDDSSRC) over the file to add a new field the Field Procedure is called and automatically decrypts the field for all records.

Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Feb 9, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed. The database development team has many higher priority requirements, so this enhancement is not likely to be implemented anytime soon.

    We recommend either converting the file to an SQL table or setting a process in place to re-establish the field procedure after using CHGPF.

  • Guest
    May 15, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. Please consider a warning or other alternative to warn of the possibility of losing the encryption.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager