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255 rows/page limit should be addressed

Informix has a rows/page limit of 255 rows/page.Perhaps this was not a problem originally but over time we have seen new features:larger page sizes (up to 16 kB against 2 kB or 4 kB previously, dependent on operating system).compression option.Thi...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

Automatic conversion of ifx_loc_t (TEXT/BYTE) to/from ifx_lo_t (CLOB/BLOB)

We have legacy ESQL/C code using ifx_loc_t to handle TEXT/BYTE columns.Customers want now to replace TEXT/BYTE by CLOB/BLOB columns in the database... and we would avoid to touch our ESQL/C code.Informix can support simple type conversion. For exa...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 1 Future consideration

A tmp database created with the server, analogous to the /tmp file system

In Linux systems (and in all Unix flavors) there is a /tmp directory or better, a /tmp file system. Anyone can create a file or directory in there and, in Linux, it cleared at boot time. (Other flavors use a cron job to clear out unused files.)I...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

Allow genBSON to process a MULTISET datatype

Our problem is to get complex data from the server in the fastest way. Usually, getting data from a parent -> child relation ships, should be done programatically iterating thru multiple resultsets and getting data one by one.Network overhead i...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

Perform update statistics based on selected Fragments of a table

This idea is to run update statistics based on selected fragment(s) to refresh table update statistics on latest or selective fragments only. As there are considerable number of fragmented transactional tables are located under current databases t...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

Add SQL-statement COMMENT ON as in Oracle or PostgreSQL

For some tables or columns it would be helpful to describe what the table/column is used for since the names are not always self-explanatory.Although COMMENT ON is not part of standard SQL it would be helpful to have such a statement. The DOCUMENT...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 4 Future consideration

Allow partial indexes in all editions

IDS 14.10 contains this important new feature: "Partial indexes avoid indexing common values. As the query searching for a common value will no...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

PN_STAGEBLOB_THRESHOLD - Set to 1Mb when first table containing BYTE or TEXT is partitioned by Round Robin

Currently, the PN_STAGEBLOB_THRESHOLD onconfig parameter is not present in the standard onconfig file, therefore it defaults to zero. It's absence also means that most DBAs will not be aware of its existence and the potential pain they are in for ...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration

Add function LISTAGG like DB2 and Oracle

Every query which need to group by and concat few columns is impossible with informix. For example for this SQL :select t.tabname, c.constrname ,k.checktext, k.seqno from sysconstraints c, systables t , outer syschecks k where t.tabname = '...
over 1 year ago in Informix 1 Future consideration

Throttle writes during chunk creation

When adding chunks to an instance which is using filesystem files there can be a large amount of disk writes in a short period of time to zero out the new chunk which can impact production systems.E.g. Adding a 10GB chunk causes unacceptable clie...
over 1 year ago in Informix / Informix Server 0 Future consideration