16.20 - Possible Result Overflow with SELECT Sum - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

Product
Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
16.20
Release Date
March 2019
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
B035-1145-162K
Language
English (United States)

When using this function, the result can create an overflow when the data type and format are not in sync. For a column defined as:

Salary Decimal(15,2) Format '$ZZZ,ZZ9.99'

The following query:

SELECT SUM (Salary) FROM Employee;

causes an overflow because the decimal operand and the format are not in sync.

To avoid possible overflows, explicitly specify the format for decimal sum to specify a format large enough to accommodate the decimal sum resultant data type.

SELECT Sum(Salary) (format '$Z,ZZZ,ZZZ,ZZ9.99) FROM Employee;