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Reusing constant String declarations over several procedures

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Hi all,
I need to use a lot of constants in several procedures. Is there any way to reuse them without writing all of them in all my procedures?

I'm looking for something like the 'include' clause of C programs

TIA
David.
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There really isn't anything like that built into the isql client.

However, why look for something "like" the c preprocessor?  Just use the c preprocessor itself - it really isn't specific to the c language itself and will do it's work on many other kinds of files.

Depending on your package, the c preprocessor is sometimes a standalone program, other times it is bundled into the c compiler.  However, there is usually an option to just run the preprocessor on the sourcefile and display the resulting output.

You could, for instance, keep your source in files with a ".sql" extention and "post-processed" with ".SQL".  You would transform the file and install the procedure by doing
something like

cc -E myprocedure.sql > myprocedure.SQL
isql -Usa -P -i myprocedure.SQL
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