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Message Posted: Mon, 17 May 1999 @ 19:30:12 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Temporary tables for Microstrategy
From:   John Hall

I can understand why the DROP TABLE was to be avoided (although it's much, much better under V2R2). My real question is how to manage all these temporary tables.

Does Microstrategy always empty the temporary tables? If so, then I understand that there's no reason to keep them. Do the people who use Microstrategy put all of these temporary tables into a purpose-specific database and then have a scheduled job that performs a DELETE DATABASE on that database? I don't have a problem with this approach, I'm just wondering if that's the way it's done in the real-world.

If Microstrategy always empties the temporary table when it's done with the table, then the volatile temporary tables is probably a good solution. If the contents of the temporary table is kept (as I said, I haven't worked with Microstrategy), then the volatile temporary table won't exist beyond the session in which the volatile temporary table was created and therefore can't be used. If that were the case, then Microstrategy would have to be smart enough to know whether a temporary table needs to be kept beyond a session.

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