16.20 - HELP DATABASE Attributes - 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)

The following table lists the attributes reported as the result of a HELP DATABASE request. For each object in the database (not just tables, views, and macros), the system returns the attributes listed in the table below.

HELP does not differentiate between user and database objects, so HELP USER and HELP DATABASE commands that specify the same object name return the same information.
Attribute Data Type Nullable Description
Table/View/Macro name CHARACTER(30) No The name of an of an object in the database specified in the HELP request.
Kind CHARACTER No Identifies the object type for the object identified by Table/View/Macro name.

See TVM Kind Codes.

Comment VARCHAR(255) Yes The contents of the optional comment field, if a comment was created. for the database.
Protection CHARACTER No Indicates whether the database uses fallback protection.
  • F is Fallback.
  • N is None.
Creator Name CHARACTER(30) No The name of the creator for the database.
Commit Option CHARACTER Yes Indicates whether rows are preserved upon COMMIT of the transaction.
  • D represents Delete rows on COMMIT.
  • P represents Preserve rows on COMMIT.
This attribute applies to temporary tables only.
Transaction Log CHARACTER No Indicates whether a transaction log is kept.
  • N means no log is kept.
  • Y means transactions are logged.
This attribute applies to temporary tables only.
Dictionary Name VARCHAR(128) No The attributes shown in this section are derived from and supersede the corresponding older Table/View/Macro Name and Creator Name attributes, while providing additional functionality.

The system returns these attributes for each object in the specified database.

The older attributes are retained for compatibility with legacy applications.

For details on the new attributes, see the topics beginning with Object Name and Title Data in HELP Reports.

UEscape VARCHAR(1) Yes
Creator Dictionary Name VARCHAR(128) No
Creator SQL Name VARCHAR(644)
Creator UEscape VARCHAR(1) Yes