The stored procedure
SOURCE_CHANGES detects the differences between
the schema of a base view and its underlying data source.
For example, for a JDBC base view it detects the differences between the schema of the table in the database and the schema of the base view.
We recommend using the procedure GET_SOURCE_CHANGES instead of this one because it can search for changes on base views of any database. “SOURCE_CHANGES” only works over base views of the current database.
SOURCE_CHANGES ( table_name : text )
table_name: name of the base view. If the view does not exist or is not a derived view, the procedure returns an error.
The procedure returns a row for each field of the view and also a row for each field that is present in the source, but not in the base view.
If a field is an array or a register, there will also be a row for each one of its subfields.
The output schema of this procedure has the following fields:
field: name of the field in the view. If the row represents a new field, it is the name of the field in the source.
type: new type of the field. If the field has not changed, this value is the same as “old_type”. If the field has been removed from the source, this value is empty.
old_type: old type of the field. If the type of the field has not changed, this value is the same as “type”. If the row represents a new field, this value is empty.
modification: If it is empty, the field has not changed. Otherwise, it has one of these values:
- “New field”: when the row represents a field that has been added to the source.
- “Deleted field”: when the row represents a field that has been deleted from the source.
- “Type has changed”: the type of the field has changed.
- “Compound structure has changed”: one of the subfields of this field has changed.
level: For first-level fields, the value is
By default, this procedure returns an error if it does not find the source. For example, it returns an error if
table_nameis a JDBC base view and the table/view was deleted from the database, if
table_nameis a JSON base view and the JSON file does not exist, etc.
If you do not want the procedure to fail when the source does not exist, execute the following statement from the VQL Shell (you need to be an administrator):
Restart the Virtual DataPort server to apply the change.
With this change, the procedure will return only one row, instead of one per field, and the
modificationfield will hold the error.
Only users that have the Metadata privilege on the base view and Execute privilege on the data source can execute this procedure. This means, the following users can execute this procedure:
- Administrators or administrators of this database.
- Users that have the Connect privilege on this database, Metadata privilege on the base view and Execute privilege on the data source.
Let us suppose that
internet_inc is a JDBC base view and that the
current schema of its table in the database has changed since the base
view was created:
- The table has a new field
- The field
SPECIFIC_FIELD1was removed from the table
- The type of the field
TTIMEhas changed to text
The result of invoking the previous query will be the following:
|TTIME||text||date||Type has changed||1|
|SPECIFIC_FIEL D1||text||Deleted Field||1|