Convert CHAR columns into VARCHAR columns to shorten rows (GLS)

A database might contain CHAR columns that you can convert to VARCHAR columns. You can use a VARCHAR column to shorten the average row length when the average length of the text string in the CHAR column is at least 2 bytes shorter than the width of the column.

VARCHAR data is immediately compatible with most existing programs, forms, and reports. You might need to recompile any forms produced by application development tools to recognize VARCHAR columns. Always test forms and reports on a sample database after you modify the table schema.

For information about other character data types, see the IBM® Informix® GLS User's Guide.

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