Not quite but close! 🙂 Thomas Kennedy asked on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list what the equivalent of the BIGINT datatype is:
Can anyone recommend a equivalent data type to the BIGINT (not supported in 12.5) for 12.5?
Thanks in advance,
We can emulate the bigint on prior ASE releases by using the numeric(19,0) data type:
1> create rule rule_BIGINT as 2> @x 3> between 4> (9233372036854775808 * -1) and 5> 9233372036854775807 6> go 1> sp_addtype pseudo_BIGINT, "numeric(19,0)", "not null" 2> go 1> sp_bindrule rule_BIGINT, pseudo_BIGINT 2> go
Notice that we create a user defined data type called pseudo_BIGINT based on a non-null numeric(19,0) data type. If we didn’t limit the values to between -9233372036854775808 and 9233372036854775807, the fields would over/under flow when we upgraded to v15.0.2 (or higher) and attempted to change the data type to a real BIGINT. Why must you multiply 9233372036854775808 by -1? It’s a parsing bug within ASE.
Aditya over at Sybase listed the method to convert the pseudo_BIGINT to a real BIGINT:
ALTER TABLE MODIFY column BIGINT
A word of caution: rules are automatically but temporarily disabled when a bulk copy (bcp) or select into is performed on the table. You will need to modify the data prior to importing the data or after importing.