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Support for Bind avoidance when using Enterprise Cobol with co-processor

The basic idea of Bind Avoidance is to exchange the consistency token in the executing code from the current version to the previous which means that no package bind will be necessary.

Traditionally the Db2 pre-compiler has been used to pre-process the embedded SQL before doing the compilation. This means that it was quite easy to do the exchange of consistency token if needed since it could be done in the source code. When the Db2 coprocessor was introduced however this was no longer possible since the coprocessor is not a separate step but integrated with the COBOL compiler. This meant that the exchange was changed to do a separate update of the generated object code instead. After the release of Enterprise COBOL V5 the format of the object code was changed however which meant that this was no longer possible without updating that utility that executed the exchange. Unfortunately this has not been done by IBM.

In Enterprise COBOL V6 new syntax was introduced that the pre-compiler cannot parse so if that syntax is used you are forced to use the coprocessor and, starting from V6.3, if you need 64 bit addressing or newer COBOL language such as floating comment delimiters, JSON  and XML syntax,  your only option is the coprocessor since the pre-compiler generates invalid COBOL code.


What this boils down to is to:

  • If you need and want Bind Avoidance – use Db2 pre-compiler
  • If you use Enterprise COBOL V5 and better – Bind Avoidance may not be an option depending on your COBOL source and thus Bind Avoidance is not possible

    Why is it useful?

    Bind avoidance reduce the number om binds dramatically, save resources and reduce the size of your DB2 catalog and directory.

  • Catharina Lindberg
  • Feb 11 2020
  • Needs review
Why is it useful?
Who would benefit from this IDEA? Db2 users developing/maintaining/operating Cobol-Db2 applications
How should it work?
  • Update the pre-compiler to be up to standard with the latest Enterprise COBOL syntax to still be able to use the “old-school” Bind Avoidance, or
  • Make the object code consistency token exchange possible in object code generated by Enterprise COBOL V6 (and better)
Idea Priority High
Priority Justification
Customer Name Swedbank
Submitting Organization
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