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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Db2 for z/OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 28, 2021

RUNSTATS with exception consideration

All DB2 customers use RUNSTATS. The RUNSTATS results are used by the DB2 optimizer 
to determine optimal access plans. In 99.999 percent of all cases this is not a
problem. However, there are some objects (tablespaces / indices) for which a
RUNSTATS execution for special SQL statements (mostly dependent on value
distributions) can lead to an immediate critical deterioration of access paths
(and the volatile clause would also not be a solution to the problem). Today
there is no easy way to fall back to the old RUNSTATS values. So the customer
can be in a very critical situation!
Often the customer knows these objects and takes this into account
e.g. when using DSNACOXX by means of the so-called exception table.
We would like a general possibility within the RUNSTATS syntax
(analogous to DSNACOXX) to exclude objects from the RUNSTATS execution.
E.g. by means of a new keyword EXCEPTION YES / NO (DEFAULT NO) in RUNSTATS.
If the customer specifies EXCEPTION YES, it should be taken into account that
no RUNSTATS is generated / executed for any object in an exception table.
Needed By Quarter
  • Admin
    Janet Figone
    Feb 22, 2022

    Dear Norbert, Thank you for submitting this Aha! Idea. Db2 for z/OS development has reviewed it and provided the following feedback:

    The decision whether to run a particular utility and against which object is not taken by the utility itself. The investment in utilities is to provide the function and performance that cannot be provided elsewhere. But the decision to run or not to run belongs outside the utility, either in DSNACCOX, IBM Db2 Automation Tool or other logic. On that basis there are no plans at this time to deliver the requested capability.


    The Db2 for z/OS team

  • Guest
    Aug 3, 2021

    I would start with RUNSTATS and then extend this across into COPY and REORG (For REORG also support PARTS like the exception does now)