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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 1, 2021


Create a IFS_delete, IFS_DELETE_UTF8 and IFS_delete_Binary sql services.

Use Case:

We have IFS_read and IFS_write but, we currently don't have a IFS_delete. For ease of use and consistency, please consider implementing this SQL service.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jun 13, 2024
    This enhancement was delivered in June 2024 with IBM i 7.5 PTF Group level 7 and IBM i 7.4 PTF Group level 28.

    A new SYSTOOLS.IFS_UNLINK function has been added.

    You can read about it on the fact page here:
    And in IBM Documentation here:

    Db2 for i development team
    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2024

    IFS_DELETE procedure and function were implemented in SQL Tool Feb 2024 build, available today at

  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    There is no intent to supply SQL interfaces for all CL commands. The QSYS2.QCMDEXC scalar function and QSYS2.QCMDEXC procedure were implemented to make it easy for users to embed this type of operation within SQL.

  • Guest
    Sep 3, 2021

    Delete ifs files, is what I am looking for.
    Yes, that is true. You can do a rmvlnk but, my thought process is, if we have a read and write, it would make sense to have a delete.

  • Guest
    Sep 2, 2021

    Since IFS files are stream oriented (not record oriented) you can't just delete data from an IFS file (instead you'll need to rewrite it).

    So I presume the person wants to delete IFS files... but you can do this already with the RMVLNK command.

    If you really want to do it from SQL you can use CALL QSYS2.QCMDEXC('RMVLNK OBJLNK(''yourifsfile'')');

    Personally I don't see a point in duplicating every OS command or API to SQL... it's just a waste of resources (there are plenty of things that can't be done today, not even via an alternative method, that require such valuable resources).

  • Guest
    Sep 1, 2021

    Are you talking about a way to delete data in an IFS file or a way to delete IFS files using SQL?