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Status Future consideration
Workspace Db2
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 26, 2021

Functions for converting Unix Epoch Time and Dealing with RHEL 8 Native Posix MQ

SQL scalar functions for

  1. Converting between human-readable date/time and Unix Epoch Time. For example:

    db2 "values ept2date(123456789,0)"
    is equivalent to Linux GNU date command
    date -d "1970-01-01 1234567890 sec UTC

    db2 "values "date2ept('now')"
    is equivalent to
    date -d "now" +%s

    db2 "values "date2ept('2021-02-29 10:10:10')"
    is equivalent to
    date -d "2021-02-29 10:10:10" +%s

  2. dealing with Linux native POSIX message queue - post to and retrieve from /dev/mqueue/queue_name - as a way to share data with external utilities (such as health/security monitor/analysis) via MQ instead of direct database connection (free it for business application)

Needed By Not sure -- Just thought it was cool