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SQL0428N error is easy to resolve provided you have actual SQL statement causing the error. Here is more information about actual error message link
The SQL statement is only allowed as the first statement in a unit of work.
Issue a COMMIT or ROLLBACK prior to processing the SQL statement. If there are any WITH HOLD cursors, these will need to be closed. If the statement is SET INTEGRITY, remove the COMMIT THRESHOLD clause.
Adding a COMMIT or ROLLBACK prior to SQL statement generally resolves the issue. But what if SQL statement is unknown? Yes, it can happen! In support world we come across customers running huge stored procedures where statements are residing in packages, this is one of the example scenario where it can happen.
In order to resolve this issue, we collected db2 trace. From db2trace, I was able to figure out, SQL0428N was coming for section 55 of package SPLFOINQ.
19249 data DB2 UDB DRDA Communication Manager sqljcReceive fnc (126.96.36.199.0.1178)
pid 2404 tid 2132 cpid -136507343 node 0 sec 197247 nsec 826913476 probe 1178
EXCSQLSTT RQSDSS (ASCII) (EBCDIC)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F 0123456789ABCDEF 0123456789ABCDEF
0000 0069D00100010063 200B00052111F000 .i.....c ...!... ..}...........0.
0010 442113D6D4D5C940 4040404040404040 D!.....@@@@@@@@@ ...OMNI
0020 4040404040C4D3F2 C4C2404040404040 @@@@@.....@@@@@@ DL2DB
0030 40404040404040E2 D7D3C6D6C9D5D840 @@@@@@@........@ SPLFOINQ
0040 4040404040404040 401963051F05C424 @@@@@@@@@.c....$ .....D.
0050 1C0037000C210700 0000000000000100 ..7..!.......... ................
0060 052116F000052146 00 .!....!F. ...0.....
DDM Format: d0 RECV(AS) RQSDSS - Request Data Stream Structure
LL: 105 CORR: 0001 CHAINED: n CONT ON ERR: n SAME CORR FOR NEXT DSS: n
Now the next task was to determine what statement resides at section 55 of package SPLFOINQ. DB2 has catalog view syscat.statements, more information here. It lists all the statements according to section numbers and package names. Querying syscat.statements as below:
db2 SELECT text FROM syscat.statements WHERE pkgname= 'SPLFOINQ' and sectno = 55
I found out the SQL statement causing trouble was "Truncate Immediate"
According our information center, refer this, Truncate Immediate can not be the first statement in transaction, that's why we were getting SQL0428N. Adding COMMIT or ROLLBACK before 'TRUNCATE IMMEDIATE' in code will resolve the issue.
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Informix introduced the PSM (Primary Storage Manager); a new backup storage manager in version 12.10 that replaced the previous ISM (Informix Storage Manager). The PSM manages storage devices used for backup and restore requests that are issued by Onbar. This storage manager supports both serial and parallel processing for backup and restore requests. PSM is easier to set up and use, even in embedded environments. You just need to perform four simple steps to configure PSM and take an Onbar backup:
Decide where you will create the PSM catalog. The default location is $INFORMIXDIR/etc/psm.
Add devices for DBSPOOL and LOGPOOL
onpsm -D add /backups/psm_spaces -g DBSPOOL -p HIGH -t FILE
onpsm -D add /backups/psm_logs -g LOGPOOL -p HIGH -t FILE
Onconfig settings - you can keep the default values
Set BAR_BSALIB_PATH to full path to libbsapsm.so
Set PSM_CATALOG_PATH to full path to PSM catalog directory
Set PSM_DBS_POOL DBSPOOL
Set PSM_LOG_POOL LOGPOOL
Take an onbar backup
You use the Informix onpsm utility to manage storage for Onbar backup and restore operations, including parallel backups that use file devices (disks).
The onsmsync utility provides new commands that you can use to export backups to, and import them from, Informix PSM external device pools.
Recently I came across a problem, where we saw the timestamp value returned by DB2 Java application was off by 1 hour than the actual timestamp value being stored in database. This was happening only for timestamp values falling in Daylight Savings range. These are the steps I used to reproduce the issue:
1> Create table timestamptest( col1 timestamp)
2> db2 "insert into timestamptest values ('2013-03-10-188.8.131.522013')"
3> Select from timestamptest
C:\Program Files\IBM\SQLLIB_01\BIN>db2 select * from timestamptest
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While your business is growing, you might face some performance issues, that weren't there when you started using DataStage, or even worse, DataStage, has never been as fast as you thought it would be.
As follows, I'm sharing with you some tips to check in general and specific environments, maybe it's matter of changing a parameter or maybe you have to install a product Fix, but remember, it's always useful to test in a controlled environment, stress your environment, and review if modifications helped or not.
How to improve performance of IDocs outbound from SAP
Application using IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC & SQLJ (db2jcc.jar) is an UNICODE client.
When accessing an ASCII Stored Procedure or UDF from a UNICODE client in a DB2 LUW/SAP environments where ALT_COLLATE and DB2_IMPLICIT_UNICODE set on DB2 server, SQL0873N error is expected and is working as designed.
To Workaround the issue, pre-empt the query with a select from SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY1 (a view in DB
code page), so that DB2 commits to the codepage of the database, instead of Unicode and prevents the error.
Here are the steps to recreate the issue:
1) Created db with codeset 1252:
db2 "create database test using codeset IBM-1252 Territory US"
2) Updated ALT_COLLATE
db2 "update db cfg for test using ALT_COLLATE IDENTITY_16BIT "
3) db2set DB2_IMPLICIT_UNICODE=YES
6) Sample Java program the reproduces the issue, has the following Statment:
PreparedStatement stmt = con.prepareStatement("select * from TABLE(SNAPSHOT_DATABASE(?,0)) AS T");
7) During Runtime, it throws error SQl0873
Exception: com.ibm.db2.jcc.am.SqlException: DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-873,SQLSTATE=53090, SQLERRMC=Different encoding schemes in one statement,DRIVER=3.64.106
com.ibm.db2.jcc.am.SqlException: DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-873,
SQLSTATE=53090, SQLERRMC=Different encoding schemes in one statement, DRIVER=3.64.106
8) Once a select from SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY1 is added to the query, it completes successfully:
PreparedStatement stmt = con.prepareStatement("select T.* from SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY1, TABLE(SNAPSHOT_DATABASE(?,0)) AS T");
Resultset= 2013-03-26 08:14:37.386235