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Modernize dbexport/dbimport and control them from HQ

dbexport and dbimport are useful tools, very easy to use and straight forward. but as the database are growing exponentially, the tool is showing its limitations and a workaroud must be generally be  applied, which are kind of time consuming to write them.

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  • Nov 2 2019
  • Future consideration
Who would benefit from this IDEA? All the customers who want to easily copy databases or part of them without using CDR migrate sever
How should it work?

The idea is the following:
1) control export and import from HQ, no need to log onto the server box
2) ask from which ifmx instance the export is done, and which instance the import is done.
3) ask the name of the source database, and give possibility to give another name to the target database
4) say WHERE the unload files/External tables  will stay (HQ Server, Or SourceServer Or Target server? Copy files or create external table on one of the server?)
5) make export and import faster using INSERT INTO EXTERNAL TABLES instead of 'unload like' commands, and SELECT FROM external tables for 'load like' commands

6) at import time, use RAW tables whenever possible, then turn them to STANDARD

7) give the possibility to include or exclude a list of tables

8) give the possibility to chose to lock the source database or not (under one's responsibility)
9) make both commands (import, export and export+import) executable from the SQL Admin API


That could be a reasonable start

Idea Priority Medium
Priority Justification No that urgent, but would be handy for many customers, mainly developers
Client Name KandooERP
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    Guest commented
    2 Dec 04:58pm

    All of this except control from InformixHQ, including the notes in other comments, can be accomplished by using myexport and myimport instead of dbexport and dbimport. You can download this package and the utils2_ak package on which it depends (both free and open source) from here:

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    Guest commented
    19 Dec, 2019 01:30pm

    One more topic could be added here. When exporting, all language and codeset relevant variables should be noted in the script file, so that you don't have to speculate with which CLIENT_LOCALE, DBDATE, DBMONEY the export was created.

    dbimport should warn if the current values differ.


  • Avatar40.8f183f721a2c86cd98fddbbe6dc46ec9
    Guest commented
    14 Nov, 2019 09:26am

    10) export should unload tables with parallel jobs
          (export_unload temp table with all tables to unload, each job get a table out of temp
           table to unload - and deletes it out of temp table after unload. Each job is running until
           there are no rows in temp table.)
    11) import should load tables with parallel jobs
          (import_load temp table with all tables to load, each job get a table out of temp
           table to load - and deletes it out of temp table after load. Each job is running until
           there are no rows in temp table.)
    12) import should create indexes parallel ..
    13) compressed unload via named pipe.. / uncompressed load via named pipe
    14) external table FORMAT 'INFORMIX' - is faster, but don't work with coltype

    to 6): ALTER TABLE .. TYPE (RAW) during import does only works if there are no
          indexes/constraints inside table definition. So a workaround for this problem could
         INDEX ... ; ALTER TABLE ... ADD CONSTRAINT PRIMARY KEY before export.
    to 10...12): extend sizes should be set correct to size of table/index before loading table/
         creating indexes.


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