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Optim Connect does not offer a way to extract CLOBS or BLOB data types to separate files. If you have a file imbedded in a BLOB field a 3rd party tool is required to extract the data.
Optim Connect does not have support for CLOBs and maps it to a string. With a 3rd party tool you can extract the CLOB to a delimited file but not to separate files. Depending on the data in the CLOB using a CSV file is difficult.
The benefits of IBM offering a tool to extract the CLOB and BLOB without the use of a 3rd party tool are tremendous. Optim users will be able to extract the data without restoring the table to a database. Also Optim users would not need to rely on 3rd party tools to extract the datatype to separate files.
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