17.10 - Difference Between Users and Databases - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantageā„¢ - SQL Fundamentals

Product
Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
17.10
Release Date
July 2021
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
B035-1141-171K
Language
English (United States)

Formally speaking, the difference between a user and a database is that a user has a password and a database does not. Users can also have default attributes such as time zone, date form, character set, role, and profile, while databases cannot.

You might infer from this that databases are passive objects, while users are active objects. That is only true in the sense that databases cannot execute SQL statements. However, a query, macro, or stored procedure can execute using the privileges of the database.