Hi, Yes, as Anoop explained, unique_id() is not documented and it returns binary data type, so one will see strange displaying. The right usage is for application to get the raw data for its own purpose or use convertohex if just for human readability. However, I don't see unique_id() used in other popular databases?? I am not sure, but brief searching the internet , it didn't return any result. So IMHO, there is no standard of this function. And according to below, I don't think we need to encourage user to use it , since it is Trafodion specific. So, maybe it is better not to document it.
I added MySQL style uuid()/uuid_short() few weeks before, some trafodion users want them. uuid() will return standard UUID/GUID in form of CHAR(36), and uuid_short() returns a long value representing the UUID as standard defined: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universally_unique_identifier Trafodion now uses Linux libuuid to generate the UUID. Libuuid conforms to OSF DCE 1.1. libuuid is used by CentOS/RHEL widely to generate block device ID. But I am not sure if it is also widely used in ubuntu and other linux dists, so this really needs more discussion, maybe it is NOT a good idea to use libuuid from portability point of view. I plan to add document for uuid/uuid_short asap. If required, I plan to add Oracle syntax sys_guid() in the future as well for compatibility and make migration easier. But I didn't hear the requirements from users yet ^_^ Ming -----Original Message----- From: Anoop Sharma <anoop.sha...@esgyn.com> Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:55 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: unique_id() not documented and get messy code latest trafodion code that will be part of traf 2.3 will generate a 36 byte unique id in string format. Apache Trafodion Conversational Interface 2.3.0 Copyright (c) 2015-2017 Apache Software Foundation >>select unique_id() from dual; (EXPR) ------------------------------------ b2d1426c-4459-4464-b733-8de9aa1e84ea --- 1 row(s) selected. >> Prior code was generating a binary representation which will display as unprintable characters. One can use converttohex function on top of it to convert it to hex representation. Ming may have further comments. anoop -----Original Message----- From: Liu, Yuan (Yuan) <yuan....@esgyn.cn> Sent: Friday, March 9, 2018 6:40 PM To: email@example.com Subject: unique_id() not documented and get messy code Hi Trafodioneers, It seems we support unique_id() but not documented. I just tried it in trafci and get messy code. SQL>select unique_id() from dual; (EXPR) ---------------- v聦聢掳f脩T --- 1 row(s) selected. Is there something wrong? Best regards, Yuan