On 3/3/14, 3:21 PM, Jeff Schasny wrote:

What I think many of us are suggesting is essentially "if it hurts when you do that, don't do that" i.e. if the query language won't accomplish what you want to do, use something else.


Believe me - I hear you (and others). But my administration isn't listening because they all think this is a reasonable request ("excel can handle 200+ columns"). So if I can't make this work in Unidata I'll have to move to MSSQL which I really, really, really don't want to do.

At this point I'm just trying to understand the limit on the number of fields in a LIST statement. I know in my case that it's not a sentence length issue as I might've thought earlier so I'd like to know what is causing this (with the understanding that I very well may not be able to solve this).


jeffrey Butera wrote:
On 3/3/14, 2:58 PM, Brian Leach wrote:

Try mvQuery, that should not have any problems with those volumes.

Hi Brian

We've isolated the problem to Unidata itself, not the reporting tool. In short, when we do a LIST with about 150 fields, it throws:

"too many items in LIST"

As soon as we erase a field (any field), the LIST statement runs properly. Unfortunately, I cannot locate any parameter that might control this. I thought we were hitting U_SENTLEN - but we're nowhere near that value.

Jeffrey Butera, PhD
Associate Director for Application and Web Services
Information Technology
Hampshire College

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