16.20 - Using the ASTERISK (*) Character in Macros - Teradata Database - Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine

Teradata Vantage™ SQL Data Definition Language Detailed Topics

Teradata Database
Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine
Release Number
March 2019
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)

A macro defined using the ASTERISK (*) character is bound to the definitions of any tables it references as they were defined at the time the macro was created or replaced.

For example, consider the following macro:

     CREATE MACRO get_emp AS (
       SELECT *
       FROM employee;)

If a column is later added to or removed from the employee table, the following statement still returns the number of columns that existed in employee when get_emp was defined:

     EXEC get_emp;

If columns have been dropped or data types have been changed, performing the macro can result in an error message or unexpected behavior.