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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 26, 2022

Retrieve SQL source does not format source for easy readability and includes garbage in the source.

For SOX reasons, I retrieve the source DDL to include in change control.

We still use source files to store the DDL.

The source retrieved is not clean and recently started including a \t at the start of each new line.

Please improve the formatting especially to the handling of the wrapping of lines.

TIA, Darryl Freinkel.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 10, 2022

    I generated the source to a source file DFREINKEL/QDDLSRC. The member has a name but the type is blank. It could be DDL. The text description is not retrieved from the table. Its left blank.

    The generated source looks like the attached file.

    Please add the following at the top of the source:

    1. member name

    2. long name

    3. Member text.

    This example is pretty clean. If you have more complicated definitions with long names, the overflow to the next line has caused problems. I could not find the examples as I have had to manually clean them up.

  • Guest
    Nov 10, 2022

    I had included copies of what the source looks like and it was on the original case I opened.

    I will get copies again and paste them in here.

  • Guest
    Nov 10, 2022
    IBM has previously requested more clarifying information. Because the additional information was not provided, the request has been closed.
  • Guest
    Nov 1, 2022
    There has been no response with the information requested by the Db2 for i development team in over a month. Without this information, we cannot understand the situation that you are requesting us to improve. This request will be declined if additional background information is not received within the next week.

    Db2 for i development team
  • Guest
    Aug 23, 2022
    The Db2 for i development team would like some additional information about this request.

    It appears that you are selecting the "Statements formatted for readability" option from the ACS dialog. That option adds control characters such as tabs and new lines to format the SQL statements. These characters should be harmless within your SQL source. Are they causing an actual problem, or do they just view as odd characters in your editor?

    Can you provide some specific examples of the type of behavior you are seeing that you believe should be changed? That would help us understand this request.