17.00 - 17.05 - Possible Result Overflow with SELECT Sum - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

Product
Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
17.00
17.05
Published
June 2020
Language
English (United States)
Last Update
2021-01-30
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Possible Result Overflow with SELECT Sum

When using this function, the result can create an overflow when the data type and format are not in sync. For a column defined as:

Salary Decimal(15,2) Format ‘$ZZZ,ZZ9.99’

The following query:

SELECT SUM (Salary) FROM Employee;

causes an overflow because the decimal operand and the format are not in sync.

To avoid possible overflows, explicitly specify the format for decimal sum to specify a format large enough to accommodate the decimal sum resultant data type.

SELECT Sum(Salary) (format ‘$Z,ZZZ,ZZZ,ZZ9.99) FROM Employee;