16.10 - Limitations on LOB Processing - Parallel Transporter

Teradata Parallel Transporter Reference

Parallel Transporter
Release Number
July 2017
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)

Users should be aware of the following:

  • Teradata PT does not support the use of multiple APPLY when deferred LOB data types are defined in a job schema and the LOB data is moved from one Teradata Database table to one or more target table simultaneously.
  • Teradata PT does not support writing LOB data to a z/OS dataset defined by a JCL DD statement. This means that the LOB exporting feature can only work with HFS files on 
z/OS platforms. Users cannot specify a z/OS PDS name for the location where the LOB data files are written or for the file names.
  • Teradata PT does not allow a LOB column to be used in any predicate evaluation specified in the WHERE clause or in either type of CASE expression.
  • If LOB data sent to Teradata Database is larger than the size of the LOB column defined in the schema of the target table, Teradata Database truncates the data. This behavior is consistent with the behavior of VARCHAR, VARBYTE or VARGRAPHIC column types. But Teradata PT checks the size of a LOB data file against its schema to prevent Teradata Database from truncating the data with no user warning.

    Teradata PT checks if the LOB data file is a flat file. If it is, The SQL Inserter operator compares the file size with the LOB column size defined in the Teradata PT schema. If the file size is bigger, then the job is terminated with a detailed error message.

    If the LOB data source is not a file (it can be a named pipe, for instance), the SQL Inserter operator cannot make the file size check, and thus, if the data size exceeds the defined column size, Teradata Database truncates the data without any warning message.