I don't use long names but I just save to a SAVF and restore as needed.

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From: Dean Eshleman <Dean.Eshleman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 11/3/21 11:48 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: How to copy an SQL table with a long name into the same library

Quite often when I'm testing, I will make a backup copy of a database file with data so that I can restore the data back to the original state after I run my test. I normally put the backup copy in the same library and add a SV or X extension. I'm trying to do this with a SQL table that has a long name (AGREEMENT_RECORDS) as well as the 10 character name (AGRMT) and it won't let me. I'm trying to do it with the CPYF statement specifying AGRMTSV as the target file and it fails. I assume it is because the long name is not unique in my library. Apparently, you would need to specify a new long name as well as a new short name when making the copy. However I haven't found a way to do that. Is there an SQL command that would do the rename and copy of the data in one step? How have others dealt with this issue?

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