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Status Functionality already exists
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 20, 2024


Today the SQL object type is available only via the QUSRMBRD (Retrieve Member Description) API.

However when a file has NO MEMBERS, the QUSRMBRD API cannot be used to retrieve the needed SQL Object Type.

Ironically, the QDBRTVFD  (Retrieve File Description) API does NOT return the SQL OBJECT TYPE. 

This request is add SQL OBJECT TYPE to both the QDBRTVFD and the QUSROBJD (Retrieve Object Description) APIs. 

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Mar 3, 2024
    The information you are looking already exists.

    The SQL object type is available through the QDBRTVFD API.

    There is a bit in the PF section to indicate the file is a table
    23 17 4 BIT(1) Qdbfsqlt SQL table indicator. If on, the file is a SQL table.

    In the logical file section, there are bits for view and index
    30 1E 4 BIT(1) Qdbfsqlv SQL view indicator. If on, the file is an SQL view.
    30 1E 5 BIT(1) Qdbfsqli SQL index indicator. If on, the file is an SQL index.

    Db2 for i development team
    IBM Power Systems Development
    1 reply
  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Feb 27, 2024

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM not implement this request.

    This does not lend itself to an API solution.

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

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba - CAAC Program Manager