2019-04 ZOWE for Continuous Delivery – It’s worse than that – he’s tested Jim!

Terrible quote usage I know… But now, with the all new and Agile Db2 12 being picked up and used globally, I think it is time to review a few things that companies and individuals must do, or at least plan, in this “Brave New World” of ours.

To wrap up at the end, I will delve into the idea of using ZOWE to help you test!


This Db2 12 testing checklist helps to navigate into the Db2 Continuous Delivery world, well supported by Zowe, the modern IBM z/OS GUI

Table of contents – Db2 12-testing-checklist
  1. Cloning
  2. Workload collection
  3. Dynamic & Static SQL storage
  4. IFCID376 & co
  5. EXPLAIN-& Access Path
  6. Execute the SQLs
  7. Db2-12 Test Review
  8. Zowe – Open Source z GUI – for CD

The Db2 12 Testing Checklist


1. Do not be afraid of the clones!

To even begin to start testing Db2 12, you’ll need to start with a complete production clone. I know a lot of people get suddenly scared about this due to audit requirements or, more commonly, space requirements. I mean, who can possibly support a complete 100% data clone of their productive system?

A real clone or a partial clone?

Of course you do not actually need all of your data! All you must have is the Db2 Catalog and Directory, all of the user objects should be DEFINE NO style empty shells. After all, do you really need TBs of productive data to do a test run? Nope! So now we have removed two major problems (Space and Audit) from the list of testing problems.


2. Collect as much workload as you can

You’ll need to gather as much of your current executed SQL as you possibly can. At best 13 months is a good target. “Not possible” I hear you all scream – “Oh yes it is!” say I.


3. Dynamic & Static SQL: Store it cleverly away

You do not need the same SQL statement 12,000,000 times. Just once, but with an execution count. Store the dynamic SQLs and the retrieved Static SQLs away somewhere nice and safe with a COMPRESS YES to save room, and then you can easily get 13 months of data. Another major problem gone from the list of testing problems.


4. Gather your friends close but your enemies closer – IFCID376

Make sure you are running with IFCID 376 always on and everywhere! Test, QA and Prod. The moment it starts spitting out possible “problems”, start trying to track down the causing event (SQL) and verify that it is OK, or get a code change implemented. This only has a little to do with agile Db2 12 but should be on at every shop anyway!

But I don’t get the Dynamic SQL!

You do if you are fast and good enough! If you are permanently snapping the DSC and catching the flushed statements, then you can indeed find out the SQL that caused the IFCID. Another major problem disappears from the list of testing problems.


5. Access Paths a go go

Now it really makes a lot of sense to EXPLAIN all of the SQL that you have before and after the Db2 12 Functional Level (FL) change to see if just flipping to, for example, FL 504 caused access paths to head south… This is something you should all be doing now as well of course. Always validate the access path before being forced to do a REBIND or PREPARE. This way you will not get any nasty surprises… Another major problem vanishes from the list of testing problems.


6. Execute the SQLs

I have one last thing for you…

Take all of the SQL that you have just processed and transform it so it can actually execute.

  1. Logarithmically reduce the execution count and execute all of the SQL while monitoring all of the Db2 KPIs – On the Clone, of course.
  2. Then reset the world back to your starting Clone, do the FL change and then re-execute all the SQL again.
  3. Once finished, compare all of the KPIs – looking for outliers as there has only been the FL change then.

Any differences you see should be just “background noise” but there could also be some nasties in there. This will light them up so that the root problem(s) can be found and corrected way before you actually do the FL change in production.


Well done, you’ve made it!

That’s it! With all these processes set up and fully automated you can actually do repetitive pipeline tests within hours instead of weeks or months or never!


7 – Db2 12 test-Review:


What does this mean for me?

Well,…

  • You need to get a fast, good, automated Cloning system in place.
  • You need to get a fast, good, automated IFCID 376 system in place.
  • You need to get a fast, good, automated SQL workload collection system in place.
  • You need to get a fast, good, automated Access Path comparison system in place.
  • You need to get a fast, good, automated SQL replay system in place.

… this means :

” Continuous testing in a continuous development world “…


You might, in fact, need to actually buy some software that does all this for you…

May I introduce you to our newest member of the SEGUS/SEG Family:

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is the software that does all of this, and more!

Check out our website for details of how this software really helps in :



  • Reducing the time to test

  • Enabling you to actually go forward with a good, clear conscience!

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CDDC for Db2 z/OS - Continuous Delivery Deployment Check - Agile & Environment simulation, Zowe IBM mainframe GUI

8 – ZOWE – Open Source zUI – to the rescue?

You have probably heard of ZOWE by now, the first open source software on z/OS from IBM, Rocket Software and CA Technologies (A Broadcom company). It was launched last year and is growing very quickly.

Introduction to Zowe:

My firm is also using it now and all future developments will also be ZOWE enabled.

In a nutshell,

it allows users to interact with the Mainframe using a modern GUI.

This is based upon z/OSMF and uses work flows to actually do stuff. You define a “micro service” to do one thing and then you can string as many of these together as you like to get something done like, e.g. Provisioning a Db2 system or Cloning a Db2 subsystem etc.


The IBM web based UI for Db2 z/OS


Zowe at SEGUS and

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING?



We will be using ZOWE for two things:

1 – For the Installation and Maintenance of our software at customer sites

ZOWE enables people to do things that normally require “green screen” and we are keenly aware that green screen people are disappearing. If we want the z/OS platform to survive, it must be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the modern world.

2 – For using ZOWE as the front end for the users of our products

The CDDC product that I described in this newsletter will be built around ZOWE, thus expanding its usability in the market of tomorrow.


We are convinced that ZOWE is the way to go – are you?


TTFN,
Roy Boxwell
Senior Architect

2018-03 RTS RUNSTATS

 „Breaking the rules is often fun, although we cannot condone it. But breaking the rules of Real Time Statistics (RTS) in Db2 12 can really land you in hot water.

We provide two queries that may give you a Get Out of Jail Free Card – at least as far as RTS is concerned…”

In this short newsletter, I wish to briefly discuss a change in behavior of the Real Time Statistics (RTS) tables that I have now seen at customer sites. I am not too happy about it! Before we start, a quick resumé of the RTS is required.

The Arrival of RTS

The Real Time Statistics were basically created by Dr Jim Teng in Db2 V7 and have always obeyed a few quite simple rules.


Real Time Statistics (RTS) rules:


  1. Rule Number one
    If in doubt set to NULL.
    This might read a bit odd but the idea from Jim was that if any value is not 100% known then the column must be set to the NULL value.


  2. Rule Number two
    Externalize when asked, or by timer.


  3. Rule Number three
    No DEFINE NO data.


  4. Rule Number four
    Utilities will always update the RTS unless it cannot – see Rule Number one.


  5. Rule Number five
    SQL updates the counters unless they cannot – Think Mass Delete in a multi-table tablespace. Totalrows cannot be updated.

Rules are made to be broken

A couple of years into RTS usage and the clamor for changing various insert values got too big, so IBM enhanced the RTS so that on creation the REORGLASTTIME got set to the created timestamp and all the counter columns got set to zero instead of NULL. Now this was a good change as adding 1,000,000 to NULL you get NULL, whereas adding 1,000,000 to zero means you get 1,000,000 which is obviously better for working out whether or not you need a utility to run. The REORGLASTTIME was also accepted as when you create a nice empty object or you insert one row into an object, then by definition, it is in a perfectly reorganized state!

RTS rule one broken

Mass delete always caused problems, as mentioned earlier, so IBM then made a “half way” fix for the INDEX statistics in Db2 9 by zeroing the TOTALENTRIES when there is a Mass Delete as Db2 knows that the index is now empty.

(PM34730: RTS SYSINDEXSPACESTATS TOTALENTRIES INCORRECT AFTER MASS DELETE.)

Of course it did not update the TOTALROWS, as it didn’t “know” how many rows were mass deleted or truncated. This causes “drift” between the TS and IX statistics, but is only a minor annoyance.

Db2 12 breaks rule one

Now in Db2 12 Rule one has been broken again. Not that much of a break, but still not brilliant! What they have done, is change the STATSLASTTIME to now also be, nearly, the created TS – as if creating an object sets the runstats columns to valid data!

Naturally, the Db2 Catalog is still all -1’s. This makes generating utilities based on the RTS a little bit tricky, as you cannot trust the STATSLASTTIME to now ever actually be the time a RUNSTATS utility really ran – which was the *whole*, and only, purpose of this column! If only they had set the STATSLASTTIME to ‘0001-01-01-00.00.00.00.000000’ then all would be well…

Who woke the dogs up? (Or: Who let the dogs out? I.e. American jargon)

PI79234: SYSIBM.SYSTABLESPACESTATS.STATSINSERTS IS NOT UPDATED BY RTS EXTERNALIZATION SINCE OBJECT IS CREATED.
Is the APAR (PTF UI48494) that caused me all the trouble.

Where’s the beef?

Well, the problem is, if you are generating RUNSTATS based on the RTS – and who isn’t these days? – Then you are probably using this column. Now it *looks* like a RUNSTATS has been run at least once.

This is false and can lead to the not running of RUNSTATS when it most definitely should have been run. Check all your home-grown RUNSTATS checkers. Remember DSNACCOX is also a little bit broken, as it uses these predicates:

(STATSLASTTIME IS NULL OR
 STATSLASTTIME<LOADRLASTTIME OR
 STATSLASTTIME<REORGLASTTIME OR
 STATSLASTTIME< latest PROFILE_UPDATE for the table space1 OR

Make sure you do not use the STATSLASTTIME, but instead join across to the SYSINDEXPART or SYSTABLEPART and pull out the STATSTIME column. This data is still ok and not fake news!

The scope of the problem

To find out the scope of the problem at your site, or even if you have this problem, you can run these two queries which simply list out all the objects that have, according to the Db2 Catalog, never been RUNSTATted, but according to the RTS they have been RUNSTATted:

Query 1

-- SELECT LIST OF TABLESPACES THAT ACCORDING TO DB2 CATALOG HAVE NOT 
-- BEEN RUNSTATTED BUT ACCORDING TO RTS HAVE BEEN.  
-- IGNORE DSNDB01 AS NO RUNSTATS FOR DIRECTORY OBJECTS 
-- IGNORE WORK DEFINED DATABASES AS NO RUNSTATS FOR THESE 
-- ONLY CHECK FOR TABLE TYPES H,M,P,R AND T 
-- DISTINCT IT FOR MULTI TABLE TABLESPACES 
SELECT DISTINCT A.DBNAME, A.NAME, A.PARTITION 
      ,A.REORGLASTTIME, A.STATSLASTTIME 
      ,B.STATSTIME, B.CREATEDTS 
FROM SYSIBM.SYSTABLESPACESTATS A 
   ,SYSIBM.SYSTABLEPART        B 
   ,SYSIBM.SYSDATABASE         C 
   ,SYSIBM.SYSTABLES           D 
WHERE B.STATSTIME = TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000') 
  AND NOT COALESCE(A.STATSLASTTIME 
                   ,TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000')) 
                  = TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000') 
  AND NOT A.DBNAME = 'DSNDB01' 
  AND A.DBNAME = C.NAME 
  AND NOT C.TYPE = 'W' 
  AND A.DBNAME = B.DBNAME 
  AND A.NAME = B.TSNAME 
  AND A.PARTITION = B.PARTITION 
  AND A.DBNAME = D.DBNAME 
  AND A.NAME = D.TSNAME 
  AND D.TYPE IN ('H' , 'M' , 'P' , 'R' , 'T') 
ORDER BY 1 , 2 , 3 
; 

Query 2

-- SELECT LIST OF INDEXSPACES THAT ACCORDING TO DB2 CATALOG HAVE NOT 
-- BEEN RUNSTATTED BUT ACCORDING TO RTS HAVE BEEN. 
-- IGNORE DSNDB01 AS NO RUNSTATS FOR DIRECTORY OBJECTS 
-- IGNORE HASH INDEXES AS NO RUNSTATS ALLOWED 
-- ONLY CHECK FOR TABLE TYPES H,M,P,R AND T 
SELECT A.DBNAME, A.INDEXSPACE, A.PARTITION 
      ,A.REORGLASTTIME, A.STATSLASTTIME 
      ,B.STATSTIME, B.CREATEDTS 
FROM SYSIBM.SYSINDEXSPACESTATS A 
    ,SYSIBM.SYSINDEXPART       B 
    ,SYSIBM.SYSINDEXES         C 
    ,SYSIBM.SYSTABLES          D 
WHERE B.STATSTIME = TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000') 
  AND NOT COALESCE(A.STATSLASTTIME 
                  ,TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000')) 
                  = TIMESTAMP('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000') 
  AND NOT A.DBNAME = 'DSNDB01' 
  AND A.CREATOR = B.IXCREATOR 
  AND A.NAME = B.IXNAME 
  AND A.PARTITION = B.PARTITION 
  AND A.CREATOR = C.CREATOR 
  AND A.NAME = C.NAME 
  AND NOT C.HASH = 'Y' 
  AND C.TBCREATOR = D.CREATOR 
  AND C.TBNAME = D.NAME 
  AND D.TYPE IN ('H' , 'M' , 'P' , 'R' , 'T') 
ORDER BY 1 , 2 , 3 -
;

You can run these in any version of Db2 you like, but you will only get results from a Db2 12 system with this APAR applied and you have created an index or a tablespace. When I run them here on my Db2 10 and 11 systems I get zero rows back and on my test Db2 12 FL501 system I get 172 rows.

The good news is…

Our product for helping you all get “agile” in Db2 12, CDDC – ContinuousDelivery DeploymentCheck, detects and reports these data constellations as does our Statistics Health Check, of course.

I would be very interested to hear your opinions about this “little change in behavior”. Have you come across this at your site?

 

As always, any questions or comments would be most welcome!

TTFN,

Roy Boxwell

2017-11 Db2 APAR list: An APAR a day keeps the bugs at bay

Db2 12 APAR – time saving list

With all the talk about “agile” going on, and referring to one of my older 2017-09 newsletters* on APARs, I think it is time to tell you all about another little service that our company offers.

(completely free, simple and no marketing spam)


*Db2 12 Agile & APAR previous newsletter:

2017-09: Db2 12 SQL Access path: Death by APAR :  How many APARs really can affect access paths?

APAR Database

The APAR database can be accessed by anyone with an IBM Userid and you can merrily search to see if the problem that you have hit is already found and fixed, or a fix is in the works.

The problem is: What about the bugs that you do not *know* you have hit?

Get someone else to do the donkey work

The answer is to get someone else to do all the research for you, and deliver the answer by e-mail every month for all current releases of Db2 going back two years.

Who is that donkey? You will never guess…  😉

Three is the key

There are three Excel spread sheets here.


  1. SQL Performance
    The first is RTS. This lists any and all APARs to do with the Real-Time Statistics tables. If you rely on these tables to decide when to run REORG, COPY and RUNSTATS, then you want to make sure that they are being correctly updated, don’t you?


  2. SQL Access Path
    The second is RUNSTATS. RUNSTATS is a critical utility program and contains bugs like any other non-trivial program. I count RUNSTATS bugs as *always* a personal HIPER. I rely on statistics and so does the Db2 Optimizer. If there is bad data here, then your access paths have no chance!


  3. Performance PTFs
    Finally, and the biggest list, is those APARs that have anything to do with SQL Performance and SQL Access paths (If not already in the RUNSTATS list of course!) Performance PTFs are pretty important!

Going hyper over HIPER

All the APARs have their related PTF. A handy little HIPER column tells you whether or not this is a really important fix. As I mentioned, I treat the RUNSTATS ones as personal HIPERS. Also added is a PE indicator when a PTF goes bad on you (PTF in Error) so you can see if you introduced a problem by correcting another.

One Excel Example: The SQL Performance spread sheet

Db2 12 APAR list free for Db2 z/OS: SQL Performance (RTS) - Performance PTFs - SQL Access Path (RUNSTATS) -

This is from the SQL Performance spread sheet and you can see how it looks.

The same table in HTML:

APARCLOSEDSTATUSDb2 10 Db2 11Db2 12HYPERDescription
PI85305
2017-11-01
Closed
N/A
UI51606
UI51601
INEFFICIENT INDEX CHOSEN WHEN INDEX CAN DO INDEX SKIPPING…
 PI85418
 2017-19-25
Modified
UI50098
UI50099
UI50582
PREPARE TAKES LONG TIME AND HIGH CPU IF THE QUERY CONTAINS MA…
 PI85463
New & Closed
 N/A
 N/A
UI51342
TABLESPACE SCAN INSTEAD OF INDEX ACCESS – WITH INDEX HAVIN…

 …

 …

 …

 …

 …

 …

 …

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With these handy lists, you can quickly and easily review the state of your Db2, and react quickly and in a timely manner when you have to.

 

As usual, if you have any comments or queries please feel free to drop me a line!

TTFN

 

Roy Boxwell

2017-09 Db2 12 SQL Access path: Death by APAR

We recently held one of our Design Councils, this one was all about Db2 12 and going Agile. I was asked the following question after one of my presentations about verifying Db2 Code/Catalog/Function Levels:

“How many APARs really can affect access paths?”

I had to admit that I did not know the answer – I *hate* not knowing things, so I set off to find out how many Db2 Optimizer-relevant APARs there were in 2016 up until today (Oct 17th 2017).

 

Db2 12 APAR review sqlaccesspath

First I used this search argument, as I am only interested in Db2, sqlaccesspath keyword related APARs, those that have an Optimizer relevant CSECT, are HIPER and in Db2 12:

5740xyr00 AND sqlaccesspath AND dsnxo* AND yesHIPER AND C10

1.     PI69349: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query       2017-04-14

 

Remove the yesHIPER and you get 22:


1.     PI82797: LESS FILTERING INDEX SELECTED FOR INNER TABLE OF NESTED LOOP JOIN
A smaller, less filtering index is selected for the inner table with a Nested Loop Join.      2017-10-02

2.     PI78122: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-10-02

3.     PI83289: QUERY ACCESS PATH MAY BE UNPREDICTABLE FOR A QUERY WHERE THERE ARE EQUAL PREDICATES COVERING ALL THE COLUMNS ...
Query access path may be unpredictable for a query where there are equal predicates covering all the columns of a unique index.        2017-09-02

4.     PI83454: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS USED BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR OF RANGE PREDICATES
The compound filter factor of two range predicates on the same column is underestimated, that causes an inefficient access      2017-09-02

5.     PI83547: NON-MATCHING INDEX CHOSEN WHEN A MATCHING INDEX EXISTS
A non-matching index could be chosen when an index with good matching exists.    2017-09-02

6.     PI82634: MULTI INDEX ACCESS CHOSEN WHEN A BETTER MATCHING INDEX EXISTS
MULTI-INDEX ACCESS WAS CHOSEN WHEN A MORE EFFICIENT INDEX USING BETTER MATCHING EXISTS.       2017-08-02

7.     PI77792: ABSTRACT:INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SORT DISTINCT IN CTE
AN INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CAN BE CHOSEN WHEN A SORT FOR DISTINCT IS NEEDED INSIDE A CTE.     2017-06-02

8.     PI73290: Db2 FOR Z/OS USERS OF QUERIES WITH GROUP BY, DISTINCT, IN SUBQUERY OR NOT IN SUBQUERY.
Db2 may choose an inefficient access path as non-matching index access without matching predicates and screening predicates when     2017-05-01

9.     PI73368: ABSTRACT=INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SINGLE VALUE PAGE RANGE PREDICATE.An inefficient access path can be chosen when page range access is used for a join predicate and the columns has a cardinality 2017-05-01

10.    PI75966: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS SELECTED.
List prefetch plan with higher cost may be chosen mistakenly when there is one table in the query block and the index covers        2017-05-01

11.    PI71368: R-SCAN ACCESS PATH CHOSEN OVER MULTI-INDEX ACCESS FOR A TABLE WHICH QUALIFIES FOR NPGTHRSH BEHAVIOR
R-scan access path chosen over multi-index access for a table which qualifies for NPGTHRSH behavior.        2017-04-20

12.    PI75963: ACCESS PATH FOR A QUERY WITH GROUP BY AND ORDER BY CLAUSES INCLUDES AN UNNECESSARY SORT
For the following query the access path includes a sort although it is not necessary: 2017-04-20

13.    PI69349: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query    2017-04-14

14.    PI74019: DEFECT 40316 - TPCD (REVISTIT) QUERY #UV1B2 CL2 CPU REGRESSION IN V12
There is a regression for performance test. In V11, it could choose good access path, in V12, it chooses bad access path.   2017-04-03

15.    PI72887: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT
INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT 2017-04-03

16.    PI71495: ABEND04E RC00E70005 AT DSNXGRDS DSNXOB2 M105 ON SQL STATEMENT WITH CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH LITERALS
ABEND04E rc00e70005 at dsnxgrds dsnxob2 M105 in prepare SQL statement with attributes clause CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH       2017-02-01

17.    PI72800: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR FOR PARTITION KEY OF VOLATILE TABLE
Db2 may calculate a incorrect filter factor for using BETWEEN and RANGE predicates, when a volatile table is defined as 2017-02-01

18.    PI71110: FORWARDFIT OF PI70237
Performance problem when a user query choose R-scan in a single-table correlated subquery.    2017-02-01

19.    PI68238: SQLACCESSPATH OF THE ENTRY WITH LATEST TIMESTAMP AND ACCESSTYPE NR IS NOT SELECTED WHEN BIND PKG WITH OPTHINT ...
When BIND PACKAGE with OPTHINT and EXPLAIN(YES), the latest timestamp NR path will lost the chance to compete with other 2017-01-12

20.    PI68551: FF OF PI66289-INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMNS IS CHOSEN FOR INNER TABLE WHICH MAY CAUSE BAD PERFORMANCE
Index with less matching columns is chosen for inner table which may cause bad performance    2017-01-12

21.    PI69414: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE FOR MERGE STATEMENT
Poor SQL performance for MERGE statement       2017-01-03

22.    PI68086: ALLOW MORE TABLES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SPARSE INDEX ACCESS.
Due to a code bug, sometimes a table with very big non-correlated subquery (big means expensive in terms of elapsed    2016-12-01

 

Remove the filter for optimizer csects and you get 26:


1.     PI82797: LESS FILTERING INDEX SELECTED FOR INNER TABLE OF NESTED LOOP JOIN
A smaller, less filtering index is selected for the inner table with a Nested Loop Join.      2017-10-02

2.     PI78122: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-10-02

3.     PI83289: QUERY ACCESS PATH MAY BE UNPREDICTABLE FOR A QUERY WHERE THERE ARE EQUAL PREDICATES COVERING ALL THE COLUMNS ...
Query access path may be unpredictable for a query where there are equal predicates covering all the columns of a unique index.        2017-09-02

4.     PI83454: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS USED BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR OF RANGE PREDICATES
The compound filter factor of two range predicates on the same column is underestimated, that causes an inefficient access      2017-09-02

5.     PI83547: NON-MATCHING INDEX CHOSEN WHEN A MATCHING INDEX EXISTS
A non-matching index could be chosen when an index with good matching exists.    2017-09-02

6.     PI82634: MULTI INDEX ACCESS CHOSEN WHEN A BETTER MATCHING INDEX EXISTS
MULTI-INDEX ACCESS WAS CHOSEN WHEN A MORE EFFICIENT INDEX USING BETTER MATCHING EXISTS.       2017-08-02

7.     PI77792: ABSTRACT:INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SORT DISTINCT IN CTE
AN INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CAN BE CHOSEN WHEN A SORT FOR DISTINCT IS NEEDED INSIDE A CTE.     2017-06-02

8.     PI73290: Db2 FOR Z/OS USERS OF QUERIES WITH GROUP BY, DISTINCT, IN SUBQUERY OR NOT IN SUBQUERY.
Db2 may choose an inefficient access path as non-matching index access without matching predicates and screening predicates when     2017-05-01

9.     PI75966: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS SELECTED.
List prefetch plan with higher cost may be chosen mistakenly when there is one table in the query block and the index covers        2017-05-01

10.    PI73368: ABSTRACT=INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SINGLE VALUE PAGE RANGE PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be chosen when page range access is used for a join predicate and the columns has a cardinality 2017-05-01

11.    PI71368: R-SCAN ACCESS PATH CHOSEN OVER MULTI-INDEX ACCESS FOR A TABLE WHICH QUALIFIES FOR NPGTHRSH BEHAVIOR
R-scan access path chosen over multi-index access for a table which qualifies for NPGTHRSH behavior.        2017-04-20

12.    PI75963: ACCESS PATH FOR A QUERY WITH GROUP BY AND ORDER BY CLAUSES INCLUDES AN UNNECESSARY SORT
For the following query the access path includes a sort although it is not necessary: 2017-04-20

13.    PI67390: SQLCODE100 MAY OCCUR FOR SQL STATEMENTS USING LIST PREFETCH OR MULTI INDEX ACCESS
SQLCODE +100 may occur for sql statements using List Prefetch or multi index access    2017-04-14

14.    PI69349: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query    2017-04-14

15.    PI69054: TOTALENTRIES TRUNCATED IN RTS FOR LARGE LOAD RESULTS IN REBUILD INDEX FAILING
2.6 billion row table load is truncating totalentries in RTS.      2017-04-12

16.    PI74019: DEFECT 40316 - TPCD (REVISTIT) QUERY #UV1B2 CL2 CPU REGRESSION IN V12
There is a regression for performance test. In V11, it could choose good access path, in V12, it chooses bad access path.   2017-04-03

17.    PI76121: REMOTE CONNECTION ATTEMPT RESULTS IN NONMATCHING INDEX SCAN OF DSNFEX01 WHEN ROW FOR AUTHID IS MISSING FROM ...
Db2DDF See APAR PI71693 for Db2 11/10 for z/OS.       2017-04-03

18.    PI72887: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT
INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT 2017-04-03

19.    PI71495: ABEND04E RC00E70005 AT DSNXGRDS DSNXOB2 M105 ON SQL STATEMENT WITH CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH LITERALS
ABEND04E rc00e70005 at dsnxgrds dsnxob2 M105 in prepare SQL statement with attributes clause CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH       2017-02-01

20.    PI72800: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR FOR PARTITION KEY OF VOLATILE TABLE
Db2 may calculate a incorrect filter factor for using BETWEEN and RANGE predicates, when a volatile table is defined as 2017-02-01

21.    PI71110: FORWARDFIT OF PI70237
Performance problem when a user query choose R-scan in a single-table correlated subquery.    2017-02-01

22.    PI68238: SQLACCESSPATH OF THE ENTRY WITH LATEST TIMESTAMP AND ACCESSTYPE NR IS NOT SELECTED WHEN BIND PKG WITH OPTHINT ...
When BIND PACKAGE with OPTHINT and EXPLAIN(YES), the latest timestamp NR path will lost the chance to compete with other 2017-01-12

23.    PI68551: FF OF PI66289-INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMNS IS CHOSEN FOR INNER TABLE WHICH MAY CAUSE BAD PERFORMANCE
Index with less matching columns is chosen for inner table which may cause bad performance    2017-01-12

24.    PI69414: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE FOR MERGE STATEMENT
Poor SQL performance for MERGE statement       2017-01-03

25.    PI68086: ALLOW MORE TABLES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SPARSE INDEX ACCESS.
Due to a code bug, sometimes a table with very big non-correlated subquery (big means expensive in terms of elapsed    2016-12-01

26.    PI69029: REBIND APREUSESOURCE(PREVIOUS) IS NOT FINDING PREVIOUS ACCESSPATH WHEN USING PLANMGMT(BASIC)
When running this sample statement: REBIND PACKAGE(TEST.ABC00999.()) EXPLAIN(Y) -      2016-12-01

 

So we are talking about just over two per month…

 

Db2 11 APAR Review sqlaccesspath

Just drop the C10 and add B10 to the search and do it all again.


1.     PI78532: NON-MATCHING INDEX CHOSEN WHEN A MATCHING INDEX EXISTS 17/08/30 PTF PECHANGE
A non-matching index could be chosen when an index with good matching exists. 2017-08-30

2.     PI58411: INCORROUT CAN OCCUR FOR AN UPDATE QUERY USING TEMPORAL TABLES.
Temporal table has multiple indexes. One index to support the primary key constraint and one to support queries against the       2017-01-04

3.     PI62713: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query with LEFT OUTER JOIN and ORDER BY and also running with Sort     2016-11-02

4.     PI64779: SELECT DISTINCT RETURNS DUPLICATE VALUES.
Incorrect output can occur when the DISTINCT keyword is used, matching index access is used on the IN-list, but the IN-list   2016-10-03

5.     PI61893: INCORROUT WITH UPDATE STATEMENT AND CORRELATED SUBQUERY
A INCORROUT conditions occurs when a UPDATE statement is coded with a correlated subquery that contains a DISTINCT and FETCH     2016-08-02

 

Again, remove the yesHIPER and now there are 54:


1.     PI79438: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH FOR QUERY WITH MIN/MAX AND NO GROUP BY
An inefficient access path can be chosen when a query contains a MIN/MAX function with no Group BY.        2017-10-02

2.     PI84286: JOIN PREDICATE WITH CAST FUNCTION NON-INDEXABLE
A join predicate can become non-indexable if the predicate contains a decimal function without the length and scale    2017-10-02

3.     PI83769: AN INEFFICIENT INDEX CAN BE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-INDEX ACCESS
AN INEFFICIENT INDEX CAN BE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-INDEX ACCESS WHEN THERE IS A HIGH DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY      2017-09-26

4.     PI82601: LESS FILTERING INDEX SELECTED FOR INNER TABLE OF NESTED LOOP JOIN
A smaller, less filtering index is selected for the inner table with a Nested Loop Join.      2017-09-02

5.     PI82772: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS USED BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR OF RANGE PREDICATES
The compound filter factor of two range predicates on the same column is underestimated, that causes an inefficient access      2017-09-02

6.     PI63607: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH COULD OCCUR WITH CARTESIAN JOIN
An inefficient access path could occur when the result of a Cartesian join does not produce better index matching on the      2017-08-30

7.     PI78532: NON-MATCHING INDEX CHOSEN WHEN A MATCHING INDEX EXISTS 17/08/30 PTF PECHANGE
A non-matching index could be chosen when an index with good matching exists.    2017-08-30

8.     PI79775: INDEX PROBING NOT BEING INVOKED
Under certain conditions, index probing is not being utilized for predicates that calculate a FF with no matching rows    2017-08-02

9.     PI80690: AE PI76369 FIX COMPLETION
AE PI76369 fix completion.        2017-07-05

10.    PI76369: ABSTRACT:INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SORT DISTINCT IN CTE
AN INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CAN BE CHOSEN WHEN A SORT FOR DISTINCT IS NEEDED INSIDE A CTE.     2017-06-05

11.    PI75212: DURING AUTOBIND USING QUERYACCELERATION (ENABLE) BIND OPTION, STATIC QUERY IS BOUND FOR ACCELERATION ...
During AUTOBIND for a package bound QUERYACCELERATION(ENABLE), Db2 unexpectedly selects an IDAA access path and binds the query   2017-06-02

12.    PI59793: UNDERESTIMATED TOTAL INDEX FILTERING WITH PAGE RANGE SCREENING WHEN THE PAGE RANGE COLUMNS ARE NOT IN THE INDEX
An inaccurate IMFFADJ value will be generated in instances where when page range screening is performed and the columns used for      2017-05-03

13.    PI62376: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-04-11

14.    PI75342: ACCESS PATH FOR A QUERY WITH GROUP BY AND ORDER BY CLAUSES INCLUDES AN UNNECESSARY SORT.
For the following query the access path includes a sort although it is not necessary: 2017-04-03

15.    PI72177: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS SELECTED.
List prefetch plan with higher cost may be chosen mistakenly when there is one table in the query block and the index covers        2017-04-03

16.    PI70394: ABSTRACT=INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SINGLE VALUE PAGE RANGE PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be chosen when page range access is used for a join predicate and the columns has a cardinality 2017-03-09

17.    PI73338: INEFFICIENT JOIN ACCESS ON PARTITIONED TABLE
Nested loop join may be chosen as the join type when hybrid join would likely have been a better choice.      2017-02-01

18.    PI66289: INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMNS IS CHOSEN FOR INNER TABLE WHICH MAY CAUSE BAD PERFORMANCE
Index with less matching columns is chosen for inner table which may cause bad performance    2017-01-12

19.    PI65041: SQLACCESSPATH OF THE ENTRY WITH LATEST TIMESTAMP AND ACCESSTYPE NR IS NOT SELECTED WHEN BIND PKG WITH OPTHINT ...
When BIND PACKAGE with OPTHINT and EXPLAIN(YES), the latest timestamp NR path will lost the chance to compete with other 2017-01-12

20.    PI58411: INCORROUT CAN OCCUR FOR AN UPDATE QUERY USING TEMPORAL TABLES.
Temporal table has multiple indexes. One index to support the primary key constraint and one to support queries against the       2017-01-04

21.    PI69685: ABEND04E RC00E70005 AT DSNXGRDS DSNXOB2 M105 ON AN SQL STATEMENT WITH ATTRIBUTE CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH ...
ABEND04E rc00e70005 at dsnxgrds dsnxob2 M105 in a prepared SQL statement with prepared attributes clause CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS     2017-01-03

22.    PI71365: R-SCAN ACCESS PATH CHOSEN OVER MULTI-INDEX ACCESS FOR A TABLE WHICH QUALIFIES FOR NPGTHRSH BEHAVIOR
R-scan access path chosen over multi-index access for a table which qualifies for NPGTHRSH behavior.        2017-01-03

23.    PI68896: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR FOR PARTITION KEY OF VOLATILE TABLE
Db2 may calculate a incorrect filter factor for using BETWEEN and RANGE predicates, when a volatile table is defined as 2017-01-03

24.    PI71415: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE WHEN THE ACCESS PATH USES NON-MATCHING INDEX FOR INDEX SKIPPING
Poor SQL Performance when the access path uses non-matching index for index skipping . 2017-01-03

25.    PI63541: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT
Ineffecient access path can be chosen when the access plan qualifies for index skipping but no index covers the join     2017-01-03

26.    PI68380: SUBOPTIMAL ACCESS PATH WITH A NESTED LOOP JOIN AND MULTI-INDEX ACCESS
A suboptimal access path is chosen when multi-index access is chosen as the inner table for a nested loop join. A hybrid join   2016-12-01

27.    PI67499: INEFFICIENT NON-MATCHING INDEX SCAN IS SELECTED WHEN THERE ARE MORE THAN 1 TABLES IN THE QUERY BLOCK WITH ...
Inefficient non-matching index scan is selected when when the query contains DISTINCT in the query and there are more than 1 2016-12-01

28.    PI70237: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WHEN A QUERY HAS INSUBQ OR EXISTS-SUBQ AND THE SUBQUERY HAS A SINGLE TABLE
Inefficient access path when a query has INSUBQUERY or EXISTS-SUBQUERY and the subquery has a single table. Optimizer    2016-12-01

29.    PI66248: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WHEN NESTED LOOP JOIN USED TO ACCESS A INNER MATERIALIZED QUERY BLOCK
An inefficient rscan access path for the inner table of a nested loop join when the the inner table is a materialized workfile.       2016-12-01

30.    PI64874: INDEX PROBING MAY ACCESS UNQUALIFIED PARTITION AT PREPARE TIME
Unqualified partitions are claimed by index probing at prepare time, that causes unnecessary locking issue and group buffer     2016-11-02

31.    PI62713: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query with LEFT OUTER JOIN and ORDER BY and also running with Sort     2016-11-02

32.    PI52204: INCORRECT DPSI LEAF PAGE ESTIMATION WHEN ALL THE PARTITION KEYS CONTAINS LOCAL PREDICATES
Inefficient access path is selected due to incorrect DPSI leaf page estimation when all the partition keys contains local 2016-10-03

33.    PI64779: SELECT DISTINCT RETURNS DUPLICATE VALUES.
Incorrect output can occur when the DISTINCT keyword is used, matching index access is used on the IN-list, but the IN-list   2016-10-03

34.    PI64234: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH INVOLVING RANGE LIST PREDICATE(S)
A Range list access path could be chosen when a more efficient access path is available.      2016-10-03

35.    PI64089: PERFORMANCE IMPACT WITH CTE SELECTED FROM A VIEW
When a CTE is defined in a view, a sub-optimal access path may occur. A optimal access path will be estimated for the CTE, and        2016-10-03

36.    PI61435: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR MAY BE ASSIGNED FOR PAGE RANGE SCREENING PREDICATES WHEN PARTITION KEYS ARE DEFINED AS ...
Incorrect filter factor may be assigned for page range screening predicates when partition keys are defined as VARCHAR 2016-10-03

37.    PI60761: Enable NPGTHRSH for qualified partitions of a partitioned table based on partition level NPAGES.
The code to enable NPGTHRSH for qualified partitions of a partitioned table based on partition level stats (NPAGES)      2016-09-02

38.    PI61886: IN SUBQUERY FAILS TO MATCH ON INDEXABLE IN LIST COLUMN
For a query which contains an IN list on a subquery, Db2 currently will use the IN list column in an index match if the 2016-09-02

39.    PI60056: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH AGGREGATE FUNCTIONS SELECT(MAX) OR SELECT(MIN).
Less than optimal performance is the result when the optimizer makes a inefficient access path decision when the aggregate       2016-08-02

40.    PI60333: UNNECESSARY SORT FOR ORDER BY WHEN DISTINCT/GROUP BY LIST COVERS A UNIQUE INDEX AND SELECTED INDEX SUPPORT ...
When a query contains an ORDER BY and DISTINCT/GROUP BY clause whose columns cover a unique index, Db2 selects an index with 2016-08-02

41.    PI61893: INCORROUT WITH UPDATE STATEMENT AND CORRELATED SUBQUERY
A INCORROUT conditions occurs when a UPDATE statement is coded with a correlated subquery that contains a DISTINCT and FETCH     2016-08-02

42.    PI60206: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE OF A QUERY THAT HAS A CORRELATED SUBQUERY COST REDUCTION
Poor SQL performance of a query that has a correlated subquery cost reduction . 2016-08-02

43.    PI59348: INEFFICIENT INDEX SELECTION FOR THE INNER TABLE OF A JOIN
Less than optimal performance is the result when the optimizer makes a inefficient index selection for the inner table of a   2016-07-15

44.    PI57513: GROUP BY/DISTINCT/MIN/MAX CLAUSES RESULT IN INCORRECT ACCESS PATH DUE TO INVALID COST REDUCTION
In V11, materialized work files which are used as the inner tables for left joins are being processed using a nested loop 2016-07-04

45.    PI61155: INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR ESTIMATION FOR TWO RANGE PREDICATES
Inefficient index is selected due to incorrect compound filter factor estimation for two range predicates. 2016-07-04

46.    PI50999: INCORRECT MATCHING FILTER FACTOR ESTIMATION FOR DPSI WHEN THE JOIN PREDICATES INVOLVE PARTITION KEY
Inefficient access path is used in a join or correlated subquery because IMFF of DPSI is not correctly estimated when the join       2016-06-02

47.    PI58329: INCORRECT VALUE IN QW0022RX FIELD FOR IFCID022 WHEN UNDER REOPT(ONCE) OR REOPT(AUTO)
Incorrect value in QW0022RX field for IFCID022 when under REOPT ONCE OR REOPT AUTO .   2016-05-04

48.    PI53774: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN Db2 INCORRECTLY ESTIMATES THE FILTERING WHEN COMBINING TWO RANGE ...
Inefficient access path may be chosen when Db2 incorrectly estimates the filtering when combining two range predicates into      2016-04-05

49.    PI54988: OPTIMAL INDEX ACCESS MAY NOT BE USED WHEN STATISTICS IS NOT COLLECTED
Optimal index access may not be used when statistics is not collected.    2016-04-05

50.    PI44963: INCORRECT COST ESTIMATION FOR I1 INDEX SCAN
Cost estimation in DSN_STATEMNT_TABLE is very high for one-fetch index scan(I1). Prefetch method is 'D' in the   2016-03-10

51.    PI53790: INCORRECT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN FOR OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW
Db2 is producing an incorrect and inefficient access path in V11 when the OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW clause is added to a query which 2016-03-02

52.    PI50063: AN INACCURATE COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR MAY BE PRODUCED FOR A PREDICATE WITH AN OR CLAUSE
AN INACCURATE COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR MAY BE PRODUCED FOR A PREDICATE WITH AN OR CLAUSE 2016-02-01

53.    PI49507: DIFFERENT ACCESS PATH IS USED WHEN QUERY ON VIEW INSTEAD OF BASE TABLE.
A view is directly created on a base table. SQL statement on the view should be equivalent to the SQL on the base table. 2016-02-01

54.    PI49557: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH FOR QUERY WITH FUNCTION MIN OR MAX BY INCORRECT REDUCTION FOR EARLY OUT
Inefficient access path for query with function MIN or MAX by incorrect reduction for early out        2016-01-04

 

Remove the filter for optimizer csects and you get 56:


1.     PI79438: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH FOR QUERY WITH MIN/MAX AND NO GROUP BY
An inefficient access path can be chosen when a query contains a MIN/MAX function with no Group BY.        2017-10-02

2.     PI84286: JOIN PREDICATE WITH CAST FUNCTION NON-INDEXABLE
A join predicate can become non-indexable if the predicate contains a decimal function without the length and scale    2017-10-02

3.     PI83769: AN INEFFICIENT INDEX CAN BE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-INDEX ACCESS
AN INEFFICIENT INDEX CAN BE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-INDEX ACCESS WHEN THERE IS A HIGH DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY      2017-09-26

4.     PI86573: BETTER MATCHING INDEX NOT CHOSEN WHEN COMPETING INDEXES CONTAIN A SUBSET OF THE SAME COLUMNS.
A better matching index can be overlooked when the competing indexes share a set of the same columns.        2017-09-21

5.     PI82772: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS USED BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR OF RANGE PREDICATES
The compound filter factor of two range predicates on the same column is underestimated, that causes an inefficient access      2017-09-02

6.     PI82601: LESS FILTERING INDEX SELECTED FOR INNER TABLE OF NESTED LOOP JOIN
A smaller, less filtering index is selected for the inner table with a Nested Loop Join.      2017-09-02

7.     PI78532: NON-MATCHING INDEX CHOSEN WHEN A MATCHING INDEX EXISTS 17/08/30 PTF PECHANGE
A non-matching index could be chosen when an index with good matching exists.    2017-08-30

8.     PI63607: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH COULD OCCUR WITH CARTESIAN JOIN
An inefficient access path could occur when the result of a Cartesian join does not produce better index matching on the      2017-08-30

9.     PI79775: INDEX PROBING NOT BEING INVOKED
Under certain conditions, index probing is not being utilized for predicates that calculate a FF with no matching rows    2017-08-02

10.    PI80690: AE PI76369 FIX COMPLETION
AE PI76369 fix completion.        2017-07-05

11.    PI76369: ABSTRACT:INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SORT DISTINCT IN CTE
AN INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CAN BE CHOSEN WHEN A SORT FOR DISTINCT IS NEEDED INSIDE A CTE.     2017-06-05

12.    PI75212: DURING AUTOBIND USING QUERYACCELERATION (ENABLE) BIND OPTION, STATIC QUERY IS BOUND FOR ACCELERATION ...
During AUTOBIND for a package bound QUERYACCELERATION(ENABLE), Db2 unexpectedly selects an IDAA access path and binds the query   2017-06-02

13.    PI59793: UNDERESTIMATED TOTAL INDEX FILTERING WITH PAGE RANGE SCREENING WHEN THE PAGE RANGE COLUMNS ARE NOT IN THE INDEX
An inaccurate IMFFADJ value will be generated in instances where when page range screening is performed and the columns used for      2017-05-03

14.    PI62376: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-04-11

15.    PI75342: ACCESS PATH FOR A QUERY WITH GROUP BY AND ORDER BY CLAUSES INCLUDES AN UNNECESSARY SORT.
For the following query the access path includes a sort although it is not necessary: 2017-04-03

16.    PI72177: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH IS SELECTED.
List prefetch plan with higher cost may be chosen mistakenly when there is one table in the query block and the index covers        2017-04-03

17.    PI70394: ABSTRACT=INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH SINGLE VALUE PAGE RANGE PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be chosen when page range access is used for a join predicate and the columns has a cardinality 2017-03-09

18.    PI73338: INEFFICIENT JOIN ACCESS ON PARTITIONED TABLE
Nested loop join may be chosen as the join type when hybrid join would likely have been a better choice.      2017-02-01

19.    PI66289: INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMNS IS CHOSEN FOR INNER TABLE WHICH MAY CAUSE BAD PERFORMANCE
Index with less matching columns is chosen for inner table which may cause bad performance    2017-01-12

20.    PI65041: SQLACCESSPATH OF THE ENTRY WITH LATEST TIMESTAMP AND ACCESSTYPE NR IS NOT SELECTED WHEN BIND PKG WITH OPTHINT ...
When BIND PACKAGE with OPTHINT and EXPLAIN(YES), the latest timestamp NR path will lost the chance to compete with other 2017-01-12

21.    PI58411: INCORROUT CAN OCCUR FOR AN UPDATE QUERY USING TEMPORAL TABLES.
Temporal table has multiple indexes. One index to support the primary key constraint and one to support queries against the       2017-01-04

22.    PI69685: ABEND04E RC00E70005 AT DSNXGRDS DSNXOB2 M105 ON AN SQL STATEMENT WITH ATTRIBUTE CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS WITH ...
ABEND04E rc00e70005 at dsnxgrds dsnxob2 M105 in a prepared SQL statement with prepared attributes clause CONCENTRATE STATEMENTS     2017-01-03

23.    PI71365: R-SCAN ACCESS PATH CHOSEN OVER MULTI-INDEX ACCESS FOR A TABLE WHICH QUALIFIES FOR NPGTHRSH BEHAVIOR
R-scan access path chosen over multi-index access for a table which qualifies for NPGTHRSH behavior.        2017-01-03

24.    PI68896: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR FOR PARTITION KEY OF VOLATILE TABLE
Db2 may calculate a incorrect filter factor for using BETWEEN and RANGE predicates, when a volatile table is defined as 2017-01-03

25.    PI71415: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE WHEN THE ACCESS PATH USES NON-MATCHING INDEX FOR INDEX SKIPPING
Poor SQL Performance when the access path uses non-matching index for index skipping . 2017-01-03

26.    PI63541: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH EARLY OUT
Ineffecient access path can be chosen when the access plan qualifies for index skipping but no index covers the join     2017-01-03

27.    PI68380: SUBOPTIMAL ACCESS PATH WITH A NESTED LOOP JOIN AND MULTI-INDEX ACCESS
A suboptimal access path is chosen when multi-index access is chosen as the inner table for a nested loop join. A hybrid join   2016-12-01

28.    PI67499: INEFFICIENT NON-MATCHING INDEX SCAN IS SELECTED WHEN THERE ARE MORE THAN 1 TABLES IN THE QUERY BLOCK WITH ...
Inefficient non-matching index scan is selected when when the query contains DISTINCT in the query and there are more than 1 2016-12-01

29.    PI70237: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WHEN A QUERY HAS INSUBQ OR EXISTS-SUBQ AND THE SUBQUERY HAS A SINGLE TABLE
Inefficient access path when a query has INSUBQUERY or EXISTS-SUBQUERY and the subquery has a single table. Optimizer    2016-12-01

30.    PI66248: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WHEN NESTED LOOP JOIN USED TO ACCESS A INNER MATERIALIZED QUERY BLOCK
An inefficient rscan access path for the inner table of a nested loop join when the the inner table is a materialized workfile.       2016-12-01

31.    PI64874: INDEX PROBING MAY ACCESS UNQUALIFIED PARTITION AT PREPARE TIME
Unqualified partitions are claimed by index probing at prepare time, that causes unnecessary locking issue and group buffer     2016-11-02

32.    PI62713: INCORROUT WITH SQLSTATE 01003 OCCURRED FOR A QUERY WITH LEFT OUTER JOIN AND ORDER BY AND ALSO RUNNING WITH ...
incorrout (wrong data) with SQLSTATE 01003 occurred for a query with LEFT OUTER JOIN and ORDER BY and also running with Sort     2016-11-02

33.    PI52204: INCORRECT DPSI LEAF PAGE ESTIMATION WHEN ALL THE PARTITION KEYS CONTAINS LOCAL PREDICATES
Inefficient access path is selected due to incorrect DPSI leaf page estimation when all the partition keys contains local 2016-10-03

34.    PI64234: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH INVOLVING RANGE LIST PREDICATE(S)
A Range list access path could be chosen when a more efficient access path is available.      2016-10-03

35.    PI64779: SELECT DISTINCT RETURNS DUPLICATE VALUES.
Incorrect output can occur when the DISTINCT keyword is used, matching index access is used on the IN-list, but the IN-list   2016-10-03

36.    PI64089: PERFORMANCE IMPACT WITH CTE SELECTED FROM A VIEW
When a CTE is defined in a view, a sub-optimal access path may occur. A optimal access path will be estimated for the CTE, and        2016-10-03

37.    PI61435: INCORRECT FILTER FACTOR MAY BE ASSIGNED FOR PAGE RANGE SCREENING PREDICATES WHEN PARTITION KEYS ARE DEFINED AS ...
Incorrect filter factor may be assigned for page range screening predicates when partition keys are defined as VARCHAR 2016-10-03

38.    PI60761: Enable NPGTHRSH for qualified partitions of a partitioned table based on partition level NPAGES.
The code to enable NPGTHRSH for qualified partitions of a partitioned table based on partition level stats (NPAGES)      2016-09-02

39.    PI61886: IN SUBQUERY FAILS TO MATCH ON INDEXABLE IN LIST COLUMN
For a query which contains an IN list on a subquery, Db2 currently will use the IN list column in an index match if the 2016-09-02

40.    PI60056: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH WITH AGGREGATE FUNCTIONS SELECT(MAX) OR SELECT(MIN).
Less than optimal performance is the result when the optimizer makes a inefficient access path decision when the aggregate       2016-08-02

41.    PI60333: UNNECESSARY SORT FOR ORDER BY WHEN DISTINCT/GROUP BY LIST COVERS A UNIQUE INDEX AND SELECTED INDEX SUPPORT ...
When a query contains an ORDER BY and DISTINCT/GROUP BY clause whose columns cover a unique index, Db2 selects an index with 2016-08-02

42.    PI61893: INCORROUT WITH UPDATE STATEMENT AND CORRELATED SUBQUERY
A INCORROUT conditions occurs when a UPDATE statement is coded with a correlated subquery that contains a DISTINCT and FETCH     2016-08-02

43.    PI60206: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE OF A QUERY THAT HAS A CORRELATED SUBQUERY COST REDUCTION
Poor SQL performance of a query that has a correlated subquery cost reduction . 2016-08-02

44.    PI59348: INEFFICIENT INDEX SELECTION FOR THE INNER TABLE OF A JOIN
Less than optimal performance is the result when the optimizer makes a inefficient index selection for the inner table of a   2016-07-15

45.    PI54868: PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION WITH PAGE RANGE FILTERING ON A JOIN PREDICATE AND NO LOCAL PREDICATES
Db2 is not estimating the correct index filtering when page range filtering is available on a join predicate and no local     2016-07-12

46.    PI57513: GROUP BY/DISTINCT/MIN/MAX CLAUSES RESULT IN INCORRECT ACCESS PATH DUE TO INVALID COST REDUCTION
In V11, materialized work files which are used as the inner tables for left joins are being processed using a nested loop 2016-07-04

47.    PI61155: INCORRECT COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR ESTIMATION FOR TWO RANGE PREDICATES
Inefficient index is selected due to incorrect compound filter factor estimation for two range predicates. 2016-07-04

48.    PI50999: INCORRECT MATCHING FILTER FACTOR ESTIMATION FOR DPSI WHEN THE JOIN PREDICATES INVOLVE PARTITION KEY
Inefficient access path is used in a join or correlated subquery because IMFF of DPSI is not correctly estimated when the join       2016-06-02

49.    PI58329: INCORRECT VALUE IN QW0022RX FIELD FOR IFCID022 WHEN UNDER REOPT(ONCE) OR REOPT(AUTO)
Incorrect value in QW0022RX field for IFCID022 when under REOPT ONCE OR REOPT AUTO .   2016-05-04

50.    PI53774: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN Db2 INCORRECTLY ESTIMATES THE FILTERING WHEN COMBINING TWO RANGE ...
Inefficient access path may be chosen when Db2 incorrectly estimates the filtering when combining two range predicates into      2016-04-05

51.    PI54988: OPTIMAL INDEX ACCESS MAY NOT BE USED WHEN STATISTICS IS NOT COLLECTED
Optimal index access may not be used when statistics is not collected.    2016-04-05

52.    PI44963: INCORRECT COST ESTIMATION FOR I1 INDEX SCAN
Cost estimation in DSN_STATEMNT_TABLE is very high for one-fetch index scan(I1). Prefetch method is 'D' in the   2016-03-10

53.    PI53790: INCORRECT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN FOR OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW
Db2 is producing an incorrect and inefficient access path in V11 when the OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW clause is added to a query which 2016-03-02

54.    PI50063: AN INACCURATE COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR MAY BE PRODUCED FOR A PREDICATE WITH AN OR CLAUSE
AN INACCURATE COMPOUND FILTER FACTOR MAY BE PRODUCED FOR A PREDICATE WITH AN OR CLAUSE 2016-02-01

55.    PI49507: DIFFERENT ACCESS PATH IS USED WHEN QUERY ON VIEW INSTEAD OF BASE TABLE.
A view is directly created on a base table. SQL statement on the view should be equivalent to the SQL on the base table. 2016-02-01

56.    PI49557: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH FOR QUERY WITH FUNCTION MIN OR MAX BY INCORRECT REDUCTION FOR EARLY OUT
Inefficient access path for query with function MIN or MAX by incorrect reduction for early out        2016-01-04

 

So we are still talking about just over two per month…

 

Db2 10 APAR Review sqlaccesspath

Just drop the B10 and add A10 to the search and do it all again.


1.     PI49116: TOTALENTRIES TRUNCATED IN RTS FOR LARGE LOAD RESULTS IN REBUILD INDEX FAILING
2.6 billion row table load is truncating totalentries in RTS.                                                         2016-12-01

2.     PI66401: POOR PERF FOR XMLTABLE FUNCTION WITH PREDICATE BEING PUSHED INSIDE XPATH PRODUCES LOOSE HIGH KEY VALUE FOR ...
The XMLTABLE function is producing a loose high key value for MSIKEYP2 when searching for a specific docid.           2016-12-01

3.     PI15740: INCORROUT DUPLICATED RECORDS RETURNED FOR QUERY WITH SQLACCESSPATH OF RANGELIST
The problem can happen when 1) range list access is used,                                                            2016-01-30

Again, remove the yesHIPER and now there are 16 APARs

 


1.     PI85418: PREPARE TAKES LONG TIME AND HIGH CPU IF THE QUERY CONTAINS MANY OR PREDICATES WHICH MAY QUALIFY RANGE LIST ...
A complex query contains many OR predicates that potentially qualifies range list access(ACCESSTYPE=NR), the prepare of the      2017-09-25

2.     PI76372: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-05-01

3.     PI49116: TOTALENTRIES TRUNCATED IN RTS FOR LARGE LOAD RESULTS IN REBUILD INDEX FAILING
2.6 billion row table load is truncating totalentries in RTS.      2016-12-01

4.     PI66135: INEFFICIENT INDEX MAY BE SELECTED
An inefficient index may be chosen by the optimizer when certain levels of uncertainly exist on some predicates. 2016-12-01

5.     PI66401: POOR PERF FOR XMLTABLE FUNCTION WITH PREDICATE BEING PUSHED INSIDE XPATH PRODUCES LOOSE HIGH KEY VALUE FOR ...
The XMLTABLE function is producing a loose high key value for MSIKEYP2 when searching for a specific docid.       2016-12-01

6.     PI58274: Inefficient access path for a query with OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW or FETCH FIRST 1 ROW when an inner index matches ...
When the outer composite is guaranteed to be a single row and OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW or FETCH FIRST 1 ROW is specified, Db2 is not   2016-07-04

7.     PI59200: AN INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMN IS USED WHEN QUERY CONTAINS IN LIST PREDICATE
Optimal index may not be used for below query, SELECT * FROM TB1   2016-07-04

8.     PI39053: CLAIM ACQUIRE FOR SET STATEMENTS AGAINST SYSTSTAB RESULTS IN DSNT501I RC00C200EA DURING CATALOG REORG
Claim acquire for SET statements against SYSTSTAB results in DSNT501I RC00C200EA during Db2 CATALOG REORG 2016-05-19

9.     PI54892: DIFFERENT ACCESS PATH IS USED DUE TO A TIMING ISSUE IN OPTIMIZER
Different access path is used due to a timing issue in optimizer. 2016-05-04

10.    PI53633: PERFORMANCE IMPACT WHEN DSNZPARM MAXRBLK IS SET GREATER THAN ACCEPTABLE VALUE
When MAXRBLK is set to a value of 16777216 or higher, the run time evaluation will be incorrect with the threshold       2016-05-04

11.    PI57655: DIRECT ROW ACCESS IS DEFEATED WHEN THE QUERY HAS FFNR
Poor performance due to Direct Row Access through ROWID column being degraded to index/tablespace scan when the query has a 2016-05-04

12.    PI54978: MERGE STATEMENT USES DEFAULT TABLE CARDINALITY WHEN CARDINALITY IS PROVIDED VIA THE "FOR N ROWS" CLAUSE
The merge statement uses the default table cardinality of 10000 when the cardinality is provided via the "FOR n ROWS" clause.   2016-05-04

13.    PI56300: POOR BIND PERFORMANCE MAY OCCUR DUE TO UNNECESSARY ACCESS TO PLAN_TABLE WHEN SET STATEMENT IS APPLIED
Poor bind performance may occur due to unnecessary access to PLAN_TABLE when SET statement is applied.     2016-04-05

14.    PI49018: ACCESS PATH ENHANCEMENT FOR A QUERY CONTAINING A JOIN PREDICATE ON A TABLE WITH DEFAULT COLUMN CARDINALITY ...
Db2 recognizes cases in which an ordered outer table can provide benefit on access to the inner table. When the outer table is    2016-03-02

15.    PI53169: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE WHEN RANGE LIST ACCESS IS USED AND PTF UI22717 IS APPLIED 15/11/25 PTF PECHANGE
Poor SQL performance when range list access is used and PTF UI22717 is applied .       2016-03-02

16.    PI15740: INCORROUT DUPLICATED RECORDS RETURNED FOR QUERY WITH SQLACCESSPATH OF RANGELIST
The problem can happen when 1) range list access is used,   2016-01-30

 

Remove the filter for optimizer csects and you get 17:


1.     PI85418: PREPARE TAKES LONG TIME AND HIGH CPU IF THE QUERY CONTAINS MANY OR PREDICATES WHICH MAY QUALIFY RANGE LIST ...
A complex query contains many OR predicates that potentially qualifies range list access(ACCESSTYPE=NR), the prepare of the      2017-09-25

2.     PI76372: INEFFICIENT ACCESS PATH CHOSEN WHEN NO MATCHING INDEX EXISTS TO SATISFY THE JOIN PREDICATE.
An inefficient access path can be selected for a query with no matching index to cover the join predicate.   2017-05-01

3.     PI71693: REMOTE CONNECTION ATTEMPT RESULTS IN NONMATCHING INDEX SCAN OF DSNFEX01 WHEN ROW FOR AUTHID IS MISSING FROM ...
Db2DDF See APAR PI76121 for Db2 12 for z/OS.   2017-03-02

4.     PI49116: TOTALENTRIES TRUNCATED IN RTS FOR LARGE LOAD RESULTS IN REBUILD INDEX FAILING
2.6 billion row table load is truncating totalentries in RTS.      2016-12-01

5.     PI66135: INEFFICIENT INDEX MAY BE SELECTED
An inefficient index may be chosen by the optimizer when certain levels of uncertainly exist on some predicates. 2016-12-01

6.     PI66401: POOR PERF FOR XMLTABLE FUNCTION WITH PREDICATE BEING PUSHED INSIDE XPATH PRODUCES LOOSE HIGH KEY VALUE FOR ...
The XMLTABLE function is producing a loose high key value for MSIKEYP2 when searching for a specific docid.       2016-12-01

7.     PI58274: Inefficient access path for a query with OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW or FETCH FIRST 1 ROW when an inner index matches ...
When the outer composite is guaranteed to be a single row and OPTIMIZE FOR 1 ROW or FETCH FIRST 1 ROW is specified, Db2 is not   2016-07-04

8.     PI59200: AN INDEX WITH LESS MATCHING COLUMN IS USED WHEN QUERY CONTAINS IN LIST PREDICATE
Optimal index may not be used for below query, SELECT * FROM TB1   2016-07-04

9.     PI39053: CLAIM ACQUIRE FOR SET STATEMENTS AGAINST SYSTSTAB RESULTS IN DSNT501I RC00C200EA DURING CATALOG REORG
Claim acquire for SET statements against SYSTSTAB results in DSNT501I RC00C200EA during Db2 CATALOG REORG 2016-05-19

10.    PI54892: DIFFERENT ACCESS PATH IS USED DUE TO A TIMING ISSUE IN OPTIMIZER
Different access path is used due to a timing issue in optimizer. 2016-05-04

11.    PI53633: PERFORMANCE IMPACT WHEN DSNZPARM MAXRBLK IS SET GREATER THAN ACCEPTABLE VALUE
When MAXRBLK is set to a value of 16777216 or higher, the run time evaluation will be incorrect with the threshold       2016-05-04

12.    PI57655: DIRECT ROW ACCESS IS DEFEATED WHEN THE QUERY HAS FFNR
Poor performance due to Direct Row Access through ROWID column being degraded to index/tablespace scan when the query has a 2016-05-04

13.    PI54978: MERGE STATEMENT USES DEFAULT TABLE CARDINALITY WHEN CARDINALITY IS PROVIDED VIA THE "FOR N ROWS" CLAUSE
The merge statement uses the default table cardinality of 10000 when the cardinality is provided via the "FOR n ROWS" clause.   2016-05-04

14.    PI56300: POOR BIND PERFORMANCE MAY OCCUR DUE TO UNNECESSARY ACCESS TO PLAN_TABLE WHEN SET STATEMENT IS APPLIED
Poor bind performance may occur due to unnecessary access to PLAN_TABLE when SET statement is applied.     2016-04-05

15.    PI49018: ACCESS PATH ENHANCEMENT FOR A QUERY CONTAINING A JOIN PREDICATE ON A TABLE WITH DEFAULT COLUMN CARDINALITY ...
Db2 recognizes cases in which an ordered outer table can provide benefit on access to the inner table. When the outer table is    2016-03-02

16.    PI53169: POOR SQL PERFORMANCE WHEN RANGE LIST ACCESS IS USED AND PTF UI22717 IS APPLIED 15/11/25 PTF PECHANGE
Poor SQL performance when range list access is used and PTF UI22717 is applied .       2016-03-02

17.    PI15740: INCORROUT DUPLICATED RECORDS RETURNED FOR QUERY WITH SQLACCESSPATH OF RANGELIST
The problem can happen when 1) range list access is used,   2016-01-30

So we are still talking about just over one per month, which implies that Db2 10 was “more stable” in this area. To be fair, Db2 10 is a lot older (GA date 2010-10-22) than 11 and 12 so I am not surprised that after seven years the bug rate is dropping off!

What does all this mean?

What it means to me, is that just looking at sqlaccesspath shows a pretty high turnover rate that must be tested. There are HIPERs in here that could really hurt, and so applying maintenance, especially now in the Agile Db2 12 world, becomes even more critical to your business.

Are you ready for this?


More about : Db2 12 SQL access paths; Agile, SQL Codes/Catalog/Function Levels


See also our CDDC tool suite: Continuous Delivery – Deployment Check

CDDC Supports fully automated testing of the new Db2 agile delivery:

– BIF/ICI Detection: Checks incompatibilities on FUNCTION LEVEL
– Access Path PreCheck
– Creates quality environments from a production clone
– Capture the entire workload incl. DCL, DDL, commands…


 

As usual, if you have any comments or queries please feel free to drop me a line!

TTFN

Roy Boxwell

 

 

2017-06 APPLCOMPAT in Db2 12: a little bit more agile?

How to set Collection Ids for a reopt 2, 3 or 4 (Runtime optimization) and avoid the default collection NULLID ?

Following on from my last newsletter, I have had to do some research about Collection Ids and how to set them.


Last newsletter:
2017-05 Db2 version 12: A little bit too agile?
How to handle APPLCOMPAT when it comes to Dynamic SQL. A support to manage Db2 12 “agile” release.

Driven to distraction?

The first thing you learn, is that the cli.ini file is now gone…all of the data is now found in the db2dsdriver.cfg file. OK, how does this all hang together?

First Contact

The very first thing that happens, is it looks up the name and the address of the desired Db2 on z/OS. This is just the TCP/IP data to initiate “first contact”. Once the first contact is done, the User Id and Password are required to validate the connection. All well and good.

If your CurrentPackageSet and your reopt are *not* set, you then get the default collection NULLID under which all of your dynamic SQL executes

Reoptimize this!

Then it gets ugly… If your CurrentPackageSet and your reopt are *not* set, you then get the default collection NULLID under which all of your dynamic SQL executes (Now please re-read my last newsletter to see why that is of major interest!).

But, what happens if you want to use reopt 2, 3 or 4 ?


Quick aside:

The reopt level determines what style of run time optimization to enable on the host. You can set:

  • Reopt 2 – No optimization (and this is the default),
  • Reopt 3 – To get REOPT(ONCE) behavior – so the first time that SQL comes in to execute, it gets optimized with the literal values in it, and then not again, or
  • Reopt 4 – To get REOPT(ALWAYS) behavior, so it drives a re-optimization every time that SQL comes in.

I have NULL idea what you are talking about…

So back to my question…

What happens if you wish to use reopt 2, 3 or 4? Well, you have a problem, as these must use the reserved collection ids NULLID, NULLIDR1 and NULLIDRA respectively, which (remember my last newsletter), all die horribly with APPLCOMPAT getting involved…

It gets worse

Naturally, there is a dark lining to this cloud! The use of reopt actually disallows the use of CurrentPackageSet, which was the only way of managing APPLCOMPAT. What on Earth can you do…I have no idea…

Help is on the way…

We are conducting a Design Council in Germany  (September 4-5th, 2017) about IBMs Continuous Delivery for Db2 in September, where we will discuss all of this with customers and DB2 users, but I would love to get some feedback from you all too!

 

As usual, if you have any comments or queries please feel free to drop me a line!

TTFN

 

Roy Boxwell

2017-05 Db2 version 12: A little bit too agile?

 

How to handle APPLCOMPAT when it comes to Dynamic SQL?

I have been involved in testing in Db2 version 12 for a while now, and I think we need a discussion about a few features that come in with this “agile” release.

APPLCOMPAT to the rescue?

First up, is the use of APPLCOMPAT – This is now available throughout the SQL, but comes with a few problems. If you have static SQL then all is fine and dandy, as the APPLCOMPAT used is stored in the Db2 Catalog. You can easily refer to it and check which package is using what APPLCOMPAT. The real trouble starts with Dynamic SQL.

Dynamic SQL intro

A quick discourse about Dynamic SQL is now required…

All Dynamic SQL that runs, must run “under the control” of a Package.

This means that we all have loads of empty packages that are just used to run Dynamic SQL. You all have the SYSLHxxx, SYSLNxxx style Packages and probably loads more. These Packages are used for authentication, tracing, and validation of requests from remote users.

Package is the Boss

This is all good, apart from when a new Db2 12 Function Level (from now on FL) is activated. Why? Because the “package is boss” – If the package was bound at FL500 and you activate FL501, then any SQL that executes in that package that attempts to use an FL501 statement fails. If the SQL attempts to SET CURRENT APPLCOMPAT = ‘V12R1M501’ it will, of course, also fail.

REBIND the world?

To “fix” this, you simply have to REBIND the package to the new FL level.

Sounds simple, huh?

Well, what that means is that *all* SQL that uses that package will get the ability to go to FL501 straightaway, unless they are coded with SET CURRENT APPLCOMPAT = ‘V12R1M500’ or which level you would prefer…

We all have that coded in our JAVA programs don’t we?

Dynamic Packages always allocated

So the problem now is – You have hundreds of Packages that you must rebind, but you dare not rebind them! Even worse, is that you probably *cannot* rebind them anyway, as they are permanently allocated and in use!

. Imagine how many Dynamic SQLs are running in your shop?
. Can you flush the DSC and rebind all of your “empty” Packages?
. When can you plan such an outage?

COLLECTIONs can help

One work-around is to have a new COLLECTION, which the empty packages are bound to again. This works great, apart from one tiny little problem… The COLLID must then be set/changed in all of the CLI.INI or API places where it is currently set, or just defaulted to, today! At one of my customer sites that would be over 8,000 files to update!

So now my questions to the readers out there


How do you plan to manage this?

How do you plan to roll-out FL levels?

If using a new collection, how many CLI.INIs etc. must be changed?


 

As usual, if you have any comments or queries please feel free to drop me a line!

TTFN

Roy Boxwell