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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 11, 2023

Prove an option on ACS RUNSQL Scripts output to avoid hex-view of columns with CCSID 65535

When viewing results with ACS RUNSQL Scripts, if a column's CCSID attribute is binary or "FOR BIT DATA" or CCSID 65535, then the resulting data is "unfolded" (shown as hexadecimal). I would like an option to turn that off. While this capability to see the hex value is warranted, it is rarely necessary for IBM i files as columns with that CCSID are typically just legacy files that weren't re-created with a valid CCSID. 

Today, I have to do this:

  CAST( myLegacyData as Varchar( <column-length> ) CCSID 37) as my LegacyData

Note this only occurs in Run SQL Scripts result set views, it is NOT an SQL issue, but rather an ACS RUN SQL Scripts feature. 

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 24, 2023
    Thank you for submitting your Idea to enhance IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS). While the user knows what specific casting is needed for that column, RSS does not. Support for this is not something we would be able to provide.
    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Jan 21, 2023

    I tried the steps you mention and the data is still returned in its hexadecimal notation.

    This is primarily when FOR BIT DATA is being used for the retuned value.

  • Guest
    Jan 20, 2023
    Thank you for submitting your Idea to enhance IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS). RunSQL Scripts (RSS) currently allows for this setting to be adjusted by the user. Under the Edit menu, select JDBC Configurations... Select the configuration and click the Edit button. On the resulting dialog, go to the Translation tab. Do these options satisfy the request?

    IBM Power Systems Development