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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 19, 2022

Support *LIBL on RUNQRY QRY()


When creating a query definition, the library is resolved at creation time and not at runtime. This method is unlike any other function on IBM i and doesn't allow the query to be used with another library list as it is ignored.

This way you can't create a query definition in a development environment and promote it to test or production without manual changes (as there's no automatic method to reevaluate the file location).

In the mean while I found out that you can combine the QRY() and QRYFILE() parameters to solve this, ex.


...however this requires changes to the program/person running the query as he needs to be aware which files are used (which defeats the purpose of building queries).

I would therefore suggest that an extra parameter is added to the RUNQRY command that allows to set this behavior in general, ex. LIBREF(*LIBL) or LIBREF(*QRY) for backward compatibility.

Kind regards,


Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Sep 21, 2022

    There are indeed alternatives to queries (ie. RUNQRY) like SQL, however this doesn't make the existing ones go away.

    <rant mode>

    People still heavily rely on them so I prefer some investment on this (instead of IBM wasting time in writing yet another SQL function that can easily be accomplished by API's which already exist for 25 years). It's sad to see that IBM resources are spent on things that don't bring added value but rather support the current SQL function hype.

    </rant mode>

  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Sep 20, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this Idea and recommends that IBM not implement this request. The RUNQRY command has been stabilzed by IBM. Although it would be a handy enhancement, there are modernized approaches, such as SQL, that could accomplish the same thing.

    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 Ideas on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Sep 19, 2022
    IBM will use this Idea as input to planning, but no commitment is made or implied. This Idea will be updated in the future if IBM implements it.