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use "create trigger" statements in hdbsql command line tool

Hello colleagues,

I have to use a complex hdbsql statement loke this in a script:


This statement has been read from the SYS.TRIGGERS view and my intention was to use it in a non-interactive hdbsql call on operating system level

I tried both to use it directly in an hdbsql call and to use a file (I did not mask the quotes in the file!) via hdbsql -I, but each time it is ending up in a syntax error. Tried to remove the newlines \n and the semicolons, without any success.

Does anyone have an idea hot to overcome the errors?

Thanks and best regards,


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    Posted on Dec 04, 2014 at 03:02 PM

    Not sure how exactly you retrieved the statement text - when I select on TRIGGERS (leave the SYS away and just access the views via the public synonym!) I don't get escaped characters.

    Anyhow, your problem is likely that the trigger contains SQLScript commands that are delimited by semi-colon (;) just as the CREATE TRIGGER command itself is.

    As hdbsql assumes a statement to be over after the first ; you'll get syntax errors.

    The option to overcome this is to chose another command separator e.g. ## and put it directly after your CREATE TRIGGER command.

    You can then call

    hdbsql -U <userkey> -I <inputfile> -c ##

    to run the statement.

    - Lars

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    • Hi Lars,

      the statement text is return as result when calling a hdbsql select on Linux OS level on the TRIGGERS view and the definition column.

      My intention was to use it as it is in a hdbsql call again. Failed as described above.

      But your reply was the hint I needed to solve the problem.

      Thanks a lotšŸ¤£

      I could even manage to use the statement directly in the hdbsql call on OS level by removing

      the newlines and substituting the trailing ";" by another char combination as described by you.

      Thanks again.

      Best regards,


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