17.10 - MinDBSectsToCompress - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantageā„¢ - Database Utilities

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

Specifies the minimum size DB that will be compressed. DBs smaller than this size will not be compressed, because the overhead of having to compress and uncompress the blocks during DML operations is not worth the minimal space savings that might be achieved.

Field Group


Valid Range

2 through 255 sectors



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.

Compression is also subject to the criteria specified by the MinPercentCompReduction DBS Control field. DBs not meeting these minimum criteria will not be compressed, even if they are larger than the size specified by MinDBSectsToCompress.

The PermDBSize and JournalDBSize field settings in DBS Control apply to the uncompressed size of these types of DBs.

Related Information

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BlockLevelCompression field BlockLevelCompression.
COMPRESS and UNCOMPRESS commands Ferret Utility (ferret).