The position of the decimal point is determined by the precision and the scale of the number: precision is the total number
of digits to the left and right of the decimal point; scale is the minimum number of digits after the decimal point when an
arithmetic result is truncated to the maximum precision.
Choosing an appropriate decimal point position is typically determined by:
The type of arithmetic procedures you perform
Multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and aggregate functions can all have results that exceed the maximum
For example, when a DECIMAL(8,2) is multiplied with a DECIMAL(9,2), the result could require a DECIMAL(17,4). If precision
is 15, only 15 digits are kept in the result. If scale is 4, the result is a DECIMAL(15,4). If scale is 2, the result is a
DECIMAL(15,2). In both cases, there is a possibility of an overflow error.
The relationship between scale and precision values
The scale sets the number of digits in the fractional part of the number, and cannot be negative or greater than the
You cannot change the precision of an existing database. Instead, you must create a new database.
If you are using an Oracle database as the consolidated database, all UltraLite remotes and the Oracle consolidated database
must have the same precision value.
From Sybase Central, you can set the precision in any wizard that creates a database. On the New database creation parameters page, select the Precision option.
From a client application, set this parameter as one of the creation parameters for the create database method on the database