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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 28, 2018

Suppress Handled SQL Messages from Joblog

SQL places a lot of messages in the joblog. When diagnosing a problem from a joblog it is often difficult to wade through which messages can be ignored and which messages represent a problem that needs further investigation. It is also often impossible to determine which message situations were actually handled by the user program and which ones weren't. It would be extremely helpful if SQL would suppress those messages (diagnostic or otherwise) from the joblog which were specifically handled by the user program.

Use Case:

In particular, if an SQL Continue Handler is being employed, then there is no reason for SQL to place messages in the joblog that relate to the handled exceptions, warnings, or whatever.

Note that this would be similar to how the IBM APIs don't error out or place messages on the joblog when the API Error Code data structure is included in the parameter list -- because the caller will handle any situations arising from such use.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 15, 2021

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it.

  • Guest
    Mar 20, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. We agree with Michael's comment below, that we must be able to turn it on and off as needed. If it is not possible to turn it on/off, there are much better and easier ways to analyze a joblog graphically, or using the joblog_info service. These ways make it easy to filter messages in a joblog.

    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

  • Guest
    Feb 28, 2018

    Voted for. I'd prefer this ability to be one we could turn on and off as needed, at run-time, within SQL procedure and functions.