17.05 - Reason for Unexpected Row Length Errors: Sorting Rows for Grouping - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Manipulation Language

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
January 2021
English (United States)
Last Update
Before performing the sort operation that groups the rows to be returned to the requestor, the database creates a sort key and appends it to the rows to be sorted. If the length of this temporary data structure exceeds the system row length limit of 64 KB, the operation returns an error to the requestor. Depending on the situation, the message text is one of the following:
  • A data row is too long.
  • Maximum row length exceeded in database_object_name.

For explanations of these messages, see Teradata Vantage™ - Database Messages, B035-1096.

The BYNET only looks at the first 4096 bytes of the sort key created to sort the specified fields, so if the field the sort key is based on is greater than 4096 bytes, the key is truncated and the data might not be returned in the desired order.