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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 13, 2022

System tables to use date / time fields instead of character fields in job format

Current IBM supplied output files, such as QADSPOBJ, that are use as templates for associated system commands store dates in 2 character fields and times in single character fields. Given the power of Db2 for i and the availability of date / time column types can these template files be updated to use relevant column types now? Use Case: Any task the generates output using an IBM command needs to know what the job format is so that the records can be correctly sorted into date / time sequence where required. Whilst this can be achieved with some SQL manipulation, for example, this is a time consuming exercise for each requirement. Providing this information in *ISO format date / time columns would be preferable. This is me re-opening IBMI-I-2207 for future consideration since the reply from IBM only referred to ONE of the possible tables impacted and how to resolve that issue. That RFE; as ideas were called when I originally raised it, was supported by CEAC as "a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed". Asking IBM to look at the broader picture and not fixate on the one sample given by me.
Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jul 14, 2022

    In the cases where a date and time is provided for a particular piece of information (for example object creation date/time), would adding a timestamp instead of separate date/time type fields be easier? If so, that would also make it easier to sort and compare values since there is only 1 field to deal with instead of 2. There's a little extra work if you're only interested in the date part of the timestamp, but I'd rather do that and get the functionality sooner.

  • Guest
    Jul 7, 2022
    We will take another look at this and see if we can fit it in. The outfiles contain MRI, so they are typically only updated on a release boundary.

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