17.10 - CompressPJDBs - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - Database Utilities

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
Release Date
July 2021
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English (United States)

Specifies whether Permanent Journal (PJ) data blocks (DBs) will be compressed by default.

Compression is subject to the BlockLevelCompression field setting, and to the criteria specified by the MinPercentCompReduction and MinDBSectsToCompress DBS Control fields. DBs not meeting these minimum criteria will not be compressed.

Field Group


Valid Settings

Setting Description
ALWAYS The DBs of a new PJ table will be compressed.
NEVER The DBs of a new PJ table will not be compressed. The Ferret utility COMPRESS command will have no effect.



Changes Take Effect

After the DBS Control Record has been written.

Usage Notes

BLC enables data compression at the data block (DB) level of the Teradata file system. Compression reduces the amount of storage required for a given amount of data. The BlockLevelCompression field of DBS Control enables and disables BLC.

BLC can be enabled or disabled system-wide, or for various categories of tables. For Permanent data, these include subtables for primary, fallback, eligible LOB data, and join and hash indexes. Secondary indexes on primary rows and fallback copies of secondary indexes are never compressed.

Related Information

For more information on... See...
BlockLevelCompression field BlockLevelCompression.
COMPRESS and UNCOMPRESS commands Ferret Utility (ferret).
Permanent Journals Teradata Vantage™ - Database Design, B035-1094.