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Status Planned for future release
Components Q Replication for Z
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 12, 2017

QREP DDL replication, add UNICODE factor for column length

When replicating from non-unicode to unicode, the legth of char/varchar target columns needs to be extended. Example: create all CHAR/VARCHAR columns at the target with source_length*2 and implemented an additional life belt with OKSQLSTATES = 22001 (SQL Code -302) and some source checking to prevent unwanted chars which extend to more than factor 2 in unicode.
That works quite fine for DML, but not for DDL. When a new VARCHAR Column is added to the source, Apply with REPLADDCOL creates the column at the target but is not able to extend the source length, which leads to unwanted and difficult to handle exceptions and makes release processes more than complex.
We are asking for an optional feature to let Apply create char/varchar target columns with a length of source_length*x. x Could be stored as parameter in APPLYPARMS.