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From "Jason Palmatier (JIRA)" <derby-...@db.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DERBY-52) Cannot create CHAR column with size greater than 254
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2004 21:44:32 GMT
Cannot create CHAR column with size greater than 254

         Key: DERBY-52
         URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-52
     Project: Derby
        Type: Bug
  Components: SQL  
 Environment: Dell Dimension 2350, 2GHz P4, 1 Gig RAM, 
Window XP Pro Version 2002, SP2
JDK 1.4.2_03, build 1.4.2_03-b02
Derby Snapshot SVN version 46005 (Binaries)
    Reporter: Jason Palmatier

An attempt to create a table that contains a column of type CHAR with a size greater than
254 using the SQL statement

CREATE TABLE dummyTable ( column1 char(255),column2 char(10),column3 char(10) )

results in the following SQL Exception:

SQL Exception: The length, precision, or scale attribute for column, or type mapping 'CHAR(255)'
is not valid.
SQL Error: 30000
SQL State: 42611

However, if you decrease column1's length by one as below, the table is created successfully:

CREATE TABLE dummyTable ( column1 char(254),column2 char(10),column3 char(10) )

The Derby Reference Manual states that the limit on the length of a CHAR data type is java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE:


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