RENAME FUNCTION (External Form) and Algorithmic Compression
A RENAME FUNCTION request for a function is only valid if the function is not used by any column across all databases and users for compressing and decompressing its data. This restriction is in place because the column is already compressed using a certain algorithm having stored context and cannot be decompressed if the algorithm name is changed.
Consider the following example. Assume that the algorithmic compression and decompression functions and the table that uses them are created in the order indicated.
CREATE FUNCTION scsu_comp …;
CREATE FUNCTION scsu_decomp …;
CREATE TABLE t1 (
col2 CHAR(10) COMPRESS ('abc', 'efg')
COMPRESS USING scsu_comp
DECOMPRESS USING scsu_decomp);
Column col2 in table t1 references the algorithmic compression‑related UDFs scsu_comp and scsu_decomp for compression and decompression respectively.
After having created table t1, a RENAME FUNCTION request on either scsu_comp or scsu_decomp returns an error to the requestor.