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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 11, 2020

ACS Run SQL script drop column limitation

When using ACS Run SQL script dropping a column from a table is now not possible without having to use a work around. The suggested work around is not without risks because it also effects other jobs running on the system.

Use Case:

When running the following SQL script:

-- category: Data Definition Language (DDL)
-- description: Create or Replace Table

CREATE OR REPLACE TABLE table1 (column1 char(10) NOT NULL, column2 CHAR(10), column3 CHAR(10) );

-- category: Data Manipulation Language (DML)
-- description: Insert into Table

INSERT INTO table1 VALUES('col1_dta1', 'col2_dta1', 'col3_dta1');
INSERT INTO table1 VALUES('col1_dta2', 'col2_dta2', 'col3_dta2');
INSERT INTO table1 VALUES('col1_dta3', 'col2_dta3', 'col3_dta3');

SeleCt * from table1;

-- category: Data Definition Language (DDL)
-- description: Alter Table to Drop Column

ALTER TABLE table1 DROP COLUMN column3 ;

Drop table table1;

in ACS Run SQL script the issued inquiry message is answered in the background for the drop column statement.
When you run the same statements in STRSQL in 5250 emulation you have the option to answer the issues inquiry message in your 5250 emulation session.

The suggested work around to add the following two commands:

is not without risks as the system reply list effects every job running on the system using the system reply list.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 20, 2020

    This support is now available in version dated April 2020.

  • Guest
    Apr 2, 2020

    This is planned for our April 2020 update. An option has been added to Suppress Inquiry Messages under the Options menu.

  • Guest
    Mar 17, 2020

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    The inability answer to any inquiry message for the job that is running the SQL script means that a valid SQL statement fails because it was auto answered. A cancel reply by the system within run SQL scripts may make some SQL statements appear not to work. This RFE will give the users a chance to use modern tools and avoid switching back to the STRSQL in 5250 emulations.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Mar 9, 2020

    May I ask you to add a working example?

  • Guest
    Mar 7, 2020

    Another option would be an SET OPTION statement to ignore this.

  • Guest
    Feb 21, 2020

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. A response will be provided when evaluation is complete.

  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2020

    Addressing this by adding the ability to specify a different reply list than the system reply list could not only solve this issue, but allow other functions as well. i.e., If you could set up a reply list which included the suggested workaround, you could specify to use the new reply list in the scripting SQL DDL changes.