FixSRandomRange - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - Database Utilities

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
July 2021
English (United States)
Last Update
Product Category
Teradata Vantage

Allows RANDOM function compatibility between systems managed by Teradata® Unity™ that are running different database versions.

Prior database releases had an issue with the RANDOM function, RANDOM(lower_bound,upper_bound), whereby, in rare instances, the function could return a value that was one greater than the specified upper_bound. Although this issue has been fixed, in Unity-paired systems, RANDOM function behavior must be consistent between systems. This field ensures that the RANDOM function behaves identically for systems managed by Teradata® Unity™, regardless of the database version each system is running.

Field Group


Valid Settings

Setting Description
TRUE Ensures consistent and correct results for RANDOM function operations when multiple systems managed by Teradata® Unity™ have the FixSRandomRange field available.
FALSE Maintains consistency of RANDOM function results between multiple systems managed by Teradata® Unity™ when the FixSRandomRange field is not available on all systems.


TRUE on systems initialized (sysinited) on Teradata Database 15.0 or for which this issue with the RANDOM function has been fixed.

FALSE on systems upgraded from prior releases and not re-initialized, where this RANDOM issue still exists.

Changes Take Effect

After the DBS Control Record has been written.

Usage Notes

If all systems being managed by Teradata® Unity™ have FixSRandomRange available in DBS control, it should be set to TRUE on all systems. Otherwise, it should be set to FALSE on all systems where the field is available.

Related Information

For more information on… See…
the RANDOM function Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates, B035-1145
Teradata® Unity™ Teradata® Unity™ User Guide, B035-2520