Amen on that last option. Unfortunately it is 3rd party and I have no control over that.

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Job CCSID doesn't matter because your data is not marked in job ccsid, it
is marked 65535 which is hex/binary. This works mostly fine as character
data for ILE applications because everything is EBCDIC and as long as you
don't start mixing EBCDIC code pages, you're usually ok. Where it gets
tricky is when you get outside of ILE. The version of Python shipped in
OPS runs in PASE, which is an ASCII-based environment and so in order for
Python to understand the data as a string of characters the data must be
converted to ASCII/Unicode. There's no way to convert 65535 to ASCII,
Unicode, or any other encoding because it is binary and CLI (the API
ibm_db uses to communicate to the database) does not have a way to tell it
what CCSID to use instead.

You have three options:

- keep casting the data in the query
- use Buck's suggestion and create a view
- or my suggestion: actually set the proper CCSID on your fields




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Subject: Re: [IBMiOSS] 65535 CCSID
Date: Tue, Dec 19, 2017 4:15 PM

Python 3 locally on the IBM i. Anytime I query a 65535 field I get what
appears to be hex. I notice when the python job spawns it is CCSID 37
instead of 65535 our default. Interactively I tried issuing a chgjob to
ccsid 37 via qsys2.qcmdexc and when I query and print the result list
the 65535 fields look the same.

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Of John Yeung
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 3:57 PM
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On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 2:57 PM, Jeremy Meyer <JMeyer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
> I have been using Python and ibm_db_dbi for automating some tasks. The
problem I have is our CMS system stores its data in 65535 CCSID fields.
Is there an easier way to translate that than to cast them to 37 on each
field?

Dealing with encoding issues is one thing which I think is significantly
easier in Python than in SQL.

Which Python are you using, and on which platform?

If you just query the data normally, without explicitly handling CCSID,
what do you get?

John Y.
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