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Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54




This statement closes the database cursor and initializes the cursor variable dbcur, with which the database cursor is linked. The cursor variable dbcur is a host variable that must be declared using the special predefined data type cursor and that was opened using the statement OPEN CURSOR or was assigned an open cursor.


  • Since only a limited number of database cursors can be open simultaneously, you should close all database cursors no longer required.
  • Initializing a cursor variable using the CLEAR statement is not enough to close a database cursor. If the value of the cursor variable in the program is known, the database cursor can be further processed using FETCH.
  • Once a database cursor has been closed, it can no longer be accessed. Other cursor variables that were associated with the database cursor are not initialized, but become invalid and accessing them would raise an exception that can be handled.
  • The name of the host variable dbcur should be prefixed with the escape character @.