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From "Kristian Waagan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-5235) Remove the artificial limit on the length of VARCHAR values, allowing them to be java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE long
Date Wed, 18 May 2011 18:42:47 GMT

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Kristian Waagan commented on DERBY-5235:
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Having worked quite a bit on the LOB implementations, I share the concern raised by Mike regarding
large VARCHARs and memory usage.
It seems to me that the code wasn't written to efficiently handle very large objects from
scratch, which shows by the many awkward changes done to support LOBs without blowing up.

I'm curios about the use-cases for "unlimited" VARCHARs too.

> Remove the artificial limit on the length of VARCHAR values, allowing them to be java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE
long
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-5235
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-5235
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions: 10.9.0.0
>            Reporter: Rick Hillegas
>
> The original Cloudscape limit for the length of VARCHAR values was java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE.
That is the limit in Cloudscape 5.1. Nothing in Derby should break if we restore the original
limit. The current limit is an artificial bound introduced to make Derby agree with DB2. 32672
is the upper bound on the length of a DB2 VARCHAR: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v8/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.db2.udb.doc/admin/r0001029.htm

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