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Allow DB2 connection to be inherited by a subshell
With the db2 command it is possible to execute a wide variety of DB2 tasks from a shell environment. It is however not possible to use variable substitution in a way that feels natural in a Unix environment. The execution of a shell script starts without the existing connection since it it is not inherited by a subshell. It is necessary to either source the script or create a file with the SQL to be executed. There is also no feature to use variable substition in files containig sql.
This restriction is a pain point in my life as a developer, since it is extremely difficult to develop a toolset for my everyday tasks. As a simple example I would like to create a script list_db.sh <dbname> that lists the objects of a given database without supplying credentials that create a new connection although in the current shell it alredy exists.
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