[freetds] freebcp transaction isolation level when 'bcp out'

matthew.green at datamartcomputing.com matthew.green at datamartcomputing.com
Tue Apr 28 07:02:21 EDT 2015

Hi Ed,

I think adding an option could be a useful for some people. A work around would be to use a login script to set the isolation level. 

Coming back to adding a flag for this I think the processing would be similar to the text size flag, just without a value... if that helps.



April 28 2015 12:17 PM, "Ed Avis" <eda at waniasset.com> wrote:
> I run freebcp to make scheduled hourly backups of some tables. These are not
> a replacement for the normal database backup, but can be handy as a way to
> quickly recover from minor screwups or as a way to grep the history of a table
> over time.
> The tables being dumped are usually small and append-only - so new rows are
> added to them from time to time but rows are not updated and rarely deleted.
> Sometimes I find that the freebcp process gets blocked by some other process
> adding rows to one of these tables. I would be quite happy to do
> set transaction isolation level read uncommitted
> That would stop freebcp being blocked (or blocking anything else). It means
> that you can see rows which have been added by some other process and not yet
> committed, but for this particular application this is not an issue. I am
> happy to make that tradeoff in order to make the hourly dumps not get in the
> way of anything else.
> So I would like a way to tell freebcp what transaction isolation level to use.
> I see in bcp.c that it simply works by
> tds_submit_queryf(tds, "select * from %s", dbproc->bcpinfo->tablename)
> in other words there is no special magic for 'bcp out' - really it is just
> a convenience to dump the rows in the same format that can later be 'bcp in'.
> Could freebcp have an option to run some extra SQL before the 'select'?
> freebcp database..table out outfile -c \
> -q 'set transaction isolation level read uncommitted'
> I think I could hack this up; would the patch be accepted?
> --
> Ed Avis <eda at waniasset.com>
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