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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Db2
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 9, 2015

VARCHAR_FORMAT/TO_CHAR function does not support timestamp formatting using brackets(RIMS)

PMR 28054,020,649 Customer is moving from Oracle to DB2 and under their Oracle applications they are using the TO_CHAR function. That function works in DB2 under the name of VARCHAR_FORMAT or TO_CHAR. The following TO_CHAR function is not working under DB2 because of the brackets around the timestamp formatting : (HH:MI:SS) Example: C:\>db2 'SELECT TO_CHAR(CREATE_TIME, 'MON DD YYYY (HH:MI:SS)') AS CREATION_TIME FROM SYSCAT.TABLES WHERE TABNAME LIKE 'SYSU%'' SQL20447N Format string 'MON DD YYYY (HH:MI:SS)' is not valid for the 'SYSIBM.VARCHAR_FORMAT' function. SQLSTATE=22007 ------------------------------ If the brackets are removed the call will work but the customer needs the time format using the brackets: (HH:MI:SS) Customer would like DB2 to be enhanced to support the brackets in the timestamp formatting of the TO_CHAR/VARCHAR_FORMAT function.