ALLOW REVERSE SCAN

What does allow reverse scan exactly mean in DB2.

1) It assists queries with columns only in order by clause.

2) It assists if original order of columns is reversed in order by

3) It assists in the sense the column order is same but when asc becomes desc and desc becomes asc

4) Lets say we perform the search
Query
 ( FolderId LIKE '1%200246' )
DB2 matches from left to right on the search statements. what I was wondering can DB2 create an index that has a reverse byte order .
so instead of searching '1*' it rather searches 642002*

Please clear my confusion.
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k_murli_krishnaAsked:
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ghp7000Commented:
all it means is that if the execution plan for an sql statement uses the index, the database manager can scan the index from the last position the cursor is positioned on, for example, if the cursor is positioned on row 10,000 of the index and an sql statement requires the index, the index can be scanned either starting from row 10,000 and going forward or starting from row 10,000 and going backwards, if the index is defined without 'allow reverse scan', the cursor is positioned at row 1 and scanning proceeds from top to bottom. For this feature to be useful, your runstats must be up to date and detailed stats must be collected, in addition your index must be large enough so that scanning the entire index is less time consuming for the optimzer as opposed to figuring out if it should scan backwards or forwards.
You can test the usefulness of this feature by looking at the timerons for execution plans with and without allow reverse scans.
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