All numbers are stored in Pick datafiles as strings. There is no vendor, never has been, who has stored the numbers in datafiles as anything other than numeric strings. Now if you were talking about the runtime engine and how it stores variables that's another fish.
<<I would like to think that numeric information is stored in a more compact' method than strings, thus using less space within the database .. but what I 'like' and what 'is' are often quite different.>> -----Original Message----- From: Dave Laansma <dlaan...@hubbardsupply.com> To: U2-Users <U2-Users@listserver.u2ug.org> Sent: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 7:30 am Subject: [U2] Monthly Multivalue Inserts and Speed I have a file that is taking a very long time to update, seemingly onger and longer each month. Here is briefly how the attributes are rganized, a relatively simple example: Attribute 1 is multivalued with our G/L Period, i.e. 12-01 vm 12-02 vm 2-03 etc. Attributes 2 through 30 are dependent on attribute 1 and contain a ariety of dollar amounts that are accumulated for the respective period n attribute 1. At the end of each month, a new G/L Period is inserted into the ultivalued position of attribute 1 as well as each of the respective ultivalued positions in attributes 2 through 30. Nothing complicated. My question is this and is aimed largely at the technicians at Rocket .. If, at the beginning of the year, I were to insert each of the 2-periods into their respective multivalues in attribute 1 and insert espective <null> multivalues into attributes 2 through 30, thus erforming all of the 'inserts' at once, will the processing each month un faster as numbers are simply accumulated into attributes 2 through 0 and no inserting of new multivalues will have to be performed? A couple nuggets of information: This is only an example. In the actual file, these records contain many ther attributes and the records overall are relatively large, averaging engths of about 3,000 according to FILE.STAT These are not my files so reorganizing them is not an option. The heart of this question is, as a (numeric) number is accumulated in n attribute, multivalue or subvalue, what causes the record to stretch' in length, thus presumably impacting performance? I would like to think that numeric information is stored in a more compact' method than strings, thus using less space within the database .. but what I 'like' and what 'is' are often quite different. Thanks! Sincerely, David Laansma IT Manager Hubbard Supply Co. Direct: 810-342-7143 Office: 810-234-8681 Fax: 810-234-6142 www.hubbardsupply.com <http://www.hubbardsupply.com> "Delivering Products, Services and Innovative Solutions" _______________________________________________ 2-Users mailing list 2-us...@listserver.u2ug.org ttp://listserver.u2ug.org/mailman/listinfo/u2-users _______________________________________________ U2-Users mailing list U2-Users@listserver.u2ug.org http://listserver.u2ug.org/mailman/listinfo/u2-users