16.20 - Pack - Teradata Database - Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine

Teradata Vantage™ - NewSQL Engine Analytic Functions

Teradata Database
Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine
Release Number
Release Date
July 2019
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)

The Pack function packs data from multiple input columns into a single column. The packed column has a virtual column for each input column. By default, virtual columns are separated by commas and each virtual column value is labeled with its column name.

Pack complements the function Unpack, but you can use it on any columns that meet the input requirements.

To use Pack and Unpack together, you must run both on NewSQL Engine platform. Pack and Unpack are incompatible with ML Engine functions Pack_MLE and Unpack_MLE.

Before packing columns, note their data types—you need them if you want to unpack the packed column.

  • This function requires the UTF8 client character set.
  • This function does not support locale-based formatting with the SDF file.
  • This function does not support Pass Through Characters (PTCs).

    For information about PTCs, see Teradata Vantage™ NewSQL Engine International Character Set Support, B035-1125.