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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on May 16, 2024

Full support of Field Reference File (FRF) in SQL

When creating tables via SQL it is not possible to use the concept of a FRF to define fields in a consistent way and especially query the catalogs later on to find the origin of a field.

A workaround is a CREATE TABLE AS however this doesn't support all the features of SQL (identity columns, null values, alternative names, ...)

It would therefore be handy to have a REFFLD keyword that can be specified instead of a datatype for example;

create table person (
  ID for column PEID reffld(MYFRF, ID),   
  LastName for column PELSTN reffld(MYFRF, LSTN) not null with default,
  FirstName for column PEFSTN reffld(MYFRF, FSTN) not null with default

Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Jun 12, 2024
    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this Idea at this time, so it is being closed.

    There are several other ideas under consideration that address related situations. We encourage the user community to read, vote, and comment on these other solutions. The other Ideas are starting points. We believe expansion of these Ideas could satisfy some of the highlights of this request.

    - Extend weakly typed distinct types to have more attributes:
    - Expand on the attributes copied for create table LIKE:

    Db2 for i development team
    IBM Power Systems Development