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Determine table load order with many foreign keys in to DB2 LUW 9.5

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Objective: Loading many tables in the correct order to prevent foreign key and any other violations.

We have 60-90 tables that need to be loaded into a DB2 LUW 9.5 instance.  There are a considerable number of foreign key relationships on many tables.

I "think" an SQL script that looks at various system tables, and produces a list of the "load order of tables" is needed. The list can include the type of table (table, view, nickname, etc), and any other information that you believe is useful (number of rows in the tables would be a plus, but certainly not necessary).

I have searched for hints or scripts that might provide this capability.  
 
Notwithstanding RISKS, what about an sql script to disable keys, indices, foreign keys, et cetera prior to loading data?  And a second SQL script to enable all of these subsequent load completion?  Is that possible?

Finally, the only software tools we have available are Control Center and Data Studio 2.2.  A third party ETL tool will be used to select and load the data (not DBLoad).

I may be asking for a lot, so I will make this a 500 point question;  depending on responses I may award points to "best-assisted" answers too.

Please let me know if additional information is needed.
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Hi Daniel,

If it were me, I'd disable the foreign keys and load the tables in any order that makes sense to you.

ALTER TABLE mytable ALTER FOREIGN KEY keyname NOT ENFORCED;

Then load the table and reenable the constraint.

ALTER TABLE mytable ALTER FOREIGN KEY keyname ENFORCED;


Not only will this eliminate the need to load the tables in a specific order, it usually results in better performance in the entire load process.  DB2 will check all of the constraints in one pass instead of reading the foreign table with each loaded row.

Dropping the indexes before you load the data will also generally improve performance.

Of course, those rules must be flexible.  If the table already has 1,000,000 rows and you're adding 100, it's probably not a good idea to disable the constraint and drop the indexes.


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so what will it be?
do you need the script or you go with kent's advice?
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1st choice is a script; my colleagues can also use this info daily.  We may not be able to alter, but I know we can select from sysibm.

Thanks for inquiring.
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Hi Daniel,

Are you loading the tables fully or adding to existing data?

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Target tables will initially be empty. Only full table loads will be performed.
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That's certainly the easiest to navigate.  :)

I strongly suggest that you load the tables without indexes or constraints and add them after the loads are complete.  You'll see a huge performance benefit from this approach.

It might take someone with DBA permissions, but that should be easy to arrange.  If you're loading to your own schema, you should have those permissions.


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I have to agree with Kent
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