16.20 - User-Defined Function Attributes - Teradata Database - Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine

Teradata Vantage™ SQL Data Definition Language Detailed Topics

Teradata Database
Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine
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March 2019
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Programming Reference
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English (United States)

The following attributes and format information are returned for each parameter in a user-defined function (UDF). The report returned for external functions and SQL functions is the same.

For a table function defined with a dynamic row result specification, HELP FUNCTION returns only input parameters because the maximum number of output parameters for the function cannot be known before it runs. Because of this, the names and data types for the output parameters also cannot be defined until run time.
Attribute Data Type Nullable? Description
Parameter Name VARCHAR(30) No The name of a parameter defined for the UDF specified in the HELP Function request.

A parameter name and set of attributes is returned for each parameter in the specified UDF.

The word RETURN0 is a system-generated return parameter name.
Type CHARACTER(2) No The data for the reporting parameter.

See Data Type Codes for a list of the data type codes and their meanings.

Comment CHARACTER(255) Yes The contents of the optional comment field for the function, if a comment was created.
Nullable CHARACTER(1) No Specifies whether the parameter is nullable.
  • N specifies NOT NULL.
  • Y specifies nullable.
Format CHARACTER(30) Yes Display format for the data type.

For a UDT, the displayed format is the format associated with the external type of the UDT.

Data type display formats are documented in “Data Type Formats and Format Phrases” in Teradata Vantage™ Data Types and Literals, B035-1143.

Max Length INTEGER No The column format is -(10)9.

When the parameter data type is a UDT, this column is 0.

Decimal Total Digits SMALLINT Yes If type is DECIMAL.
Decimal Fractional Digits SMALLINT Yes If type is DECIMAL.
Table/View? CHARACTER(1) No The function type:
  • A specifies Aggregate function.
  • B specifies a combined Aggregate and Statistical function.
  • E specifies external procedure.
  • F specifies Scalar function.
  • M specifies Function used as a method.
  • R specifies Table function.
  • S specifies Statistical function.
Character Type SMALLINT Yes Returns a code identifying the character data type for the parameter.
  • 1 specifies LATIN server character data type columns.
  • 2 specifies UNICODE server character data type columns.
  • 3 specifies KANJISJIS server character data type columns.
  • 4 specifies GRAPHIC server character data type columns.
  • 5 specifies KANJI1 server character data type columns.

If the data type of the column is not character, returns null.

Parameter Type CHARACTER(2) No The type of parameter specified by the Parameter Name field.
  • C specifies a Return column of a function table.
  • E specifies an External OUT parameter.
  • I specifies an IN parameter.
  • O specifies an OUT parameter.
  • UT specifies UDT parameter
UDT Name VARCHAR(61) Yes Returns the unqualified name of the UDT for the Parameter Name.

If a UDT does not exist, the parameter is NULL.

Parameter Dictionary Name VARCHAR(128) No The attributes shown in this section are derived from and supersede the corresponding older Parameter Name and UDT Name attributes, while providing additional functionality.

The older attributes are retained for compatibility with legacy applications.

For details on the new attributes, see the topics beginning with Object Name and Title Data in HELP Reports.

Parameter SQL Name VARCHAR(644)
Parameter Name UEscape VARCHAR(1) Yes
UDT Dictionary Name VARCHAR(128) Yes
UDT Name UEscape VARCHAR(1) Yes