• Subject: Re: SQL Cursor Questions
  • From: "Nelson C. Smith" <ncsmith@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 22:06:34 -0500

I have a couple of questions regarding SQL Cursors.

First, I'm dynamically building a select statement to fetch multiple records
from a keyed logical file without an Order by clause.  I'm using the
Prepare, Declare, Open, Fetch, Close method.  The cursor is positioned
correctly and returns the correct number of records.  However, even though
I'm selecting records from a keyed logical file, the records are ordered by
the physical file's RRN order.  In other words, the access path associated
with the logical file is not used.  When I execute the very same statement
interactively, it uses the access path of the logical.  The only difference
is the cursor is not used in the interactive version.  Is this normal
operation for cursors or am I doing something wrong? I know I can use an
Order by clause to put the records in the same order as the logical is
keyed, but why doesn't it use the logical's access path in the first place?

Second, if I use a where clause to set the location of my cursor, I am also,
in effect, subsetting the list to that same where clause and all my fetches
are limited to that subset.  What I really want to do is set the cursor to a
particular record, but then be able to fetch records without regard to any
where clause.  In other words, I want to do a SETLL with a key, and then
READ or READP without a key.  Is there any way to do this? (besides using
RPG, of course ;-)

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