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sa_rowgenerator system procedure

Returns a result set with rows between a specified start and end value.


[ rstart
[, rend
[, rstep ] ] ]

Result set
Column nameData typeDescription
row_numINTEGERSequence number.

The sa_rowgenerator procedure can be used in the FROM clause of a query to generate a sequence of numbers. This procedure is an alternative to using the RowGenerator system table. You can use sa_rowgenerator for such tasks as:

You can emulate the behavior of the RowGenerator table with the following statement:

SELECT row_num FROM sa_rowgenerator( 1, 255 );


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The following query returns a result set containing one row for each day of the current month.

SELECT DATEADD( day, row_num-1,
        YMD( DATEPART( year, CURRENT DATE ),
            DATEPART( month, CURRENT DATE ), 1 ) ) 
    AS day_of_month
    FROM sa_rowgenerator( 1, 31, 1 )
    WHERE DATEPART( month, day_of_month ) = 
       DATEPART( month, CURRENT DATE )
    ORDER BY row_num;

The following query shows how many employees live in zip code ranges (0-9999), (10000-19999), ..., (90000-99999). Some of these ranges have no employees, which causes the warning Null value eliminated in aggregate function (-109). The sa_rowgenerator procedure can be used to generate these ranges, even though no employees have a zip code in the range.

SELECT row_num AS r1, row_num+9999
 AS r2, COUNT( PostalCode ) AS zips_in_range
FROM sa_rowgenerator( 0, 99999, 10000 ) D LEFT JOIN Employees
   ON PostalCode BETWEEN r1 AND r2
GROUP BY r1, r2

The following example generates 10 rows of data and inserts them into the NewEmployees table:

INSERT INTO NewEmployees ( ID, Salary, Name )
SELECT row_num, 
   CAST( RAND() * 1000 AS INTEGER ),
FROM sa_rowgenerator( 1, 10 );

The following example uses the sa_rowgenerator system procedure to create a view containing all integers. The value 2147483647 in this example represents the maximum signed integer supported in SQL Anywhere.

SELECT row_num AS n
FROM sa_rowgenerator( 0, 2147483647, 1 );

This example uses the sa_rowgenerator system procedure to create a view containing dates from 0001-01-01 to 9999-12-31. The value 3652058 in this example represents the number of days between 0001-01-01 and 9999-12-31, the earliest and latest dates supported in SQL Anywhere.

SELECT DATEADD( day, row_num, '0001-01-01' ) AS d
FROM sa_rowgenerator( 0, 3652058, 1 );