15.00 - Resolution of Non-Qualified Names - Teradata Database

Teradata Database SQL Data Definition Language Detailed Topics

Teradata Database
Release Number
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)

Resolution of Non‑Qualified Names

When a CREATE MACRO request is performed, the system parses the text of the requests specified in the macro and resolves any names that are not fully qualified in those requests. Note that non‑qualified names in DDL requests in macros are left unresolved.

Consider the following example, in which the default database for user xyz is database abc, and the database for user lmn is database is def. User xyz defines macro_1 as follows:

     CREATE MACRO macro_1 AS (
       CREATE TABLE mambo (
         column_1 INTEGER, 
         column_2 INTEGER);

The fully qualified table name is not specified in the CREATE TABLE request.

Because CREATE TABLE is a DDL statement, the name of its containing database is not resolved when the macro is created. Instead, the name is resolved later, when the macro is performed. The result is that the macro always observes the correct storage hierarchy when it is performed.

The following table shows how this works:


IF this user performs the macro named macro_1

THEN a table named mambo is created in this database …





Now suppose that user xyz creates the macro named macro_2 as indicated here:

    CREATE MACRO macro_2 AS (
    UPDATE tango 
    SET counter = counter + 1;);

Note that the fully-qualified table name is not specified in the UPDATE request.

Because UPDATE is a DML statement, it is fully resolved when macro_2 is created. Subsequently, performing macro_2 causes abc.tango to be updated, whether performed by abc, lmn, or any other user.

To summarize, the following rules apply to non‑qualified names when they are specified in macros:

  • Non‑qualified names in a macro definition are not resolved in DDL statements when the macro is created. They are not resolved until the macro is performed.
  • Non‑qualified names in a macro definition are fully resolved in DML statements when the macro is created.