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Locator, copy column

The example demonstrates how column content can be copied using locators.

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54

Source Code

      source TYPE c LENGTH 255
             VALUE '/SAP/PUBLIC/BC/ABAP/mime_demo/ABAP_Docu_Logo.gif',
      target TYPE c LENGTH 255
             VALUE 'picture_copy'.

    DATA wa TYPE demo_blob_table LOCATOR FOR ALL COLUMNS.

    cl_demo_input=>add_field( CHANGING field = source ).
    cl_demo_input=>request(   CHANGING field = target ).

    SELECT SINGLE picture
           FROM demo_blob_table
           WHERE name = @source
           INTO @wa-picture.

    IF sy-subrc <> 0.
        'Nothing found, run DEMO_DB_WRITER first!' ).

    wa-name = target.
    INSERT demo_blob_table FROM @wa.

    IF sy-subrc = 0.
        'You can run DEMO_DB_READER with new name now' ).
        'Target already exists' ).

    wa-picture->close( ).


The method main derives an LOB handle structure from the structure of the database table DEMO_BLOB_TABLE, where the component PICTURE is declared as an LOB handle component for a locator. This locator is then created in a SELECT statement.

A new value is then assigned to the key field of the LOB handle structure and the LOB handle structure is used as a work area in an INSERT statement. In this way, the content of the column to which the locator is connected is copied to the corresponding column of the new row without the content having to be transported to the ABAP program.

If data previously written in the executable writer stream example is read, this is the data of a figure in the GIF format. By specifying the new name, the copied figure can be displayed using theexample for reader streams.