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Quick Beginnings for DB2 Extended Enterprise Edition for UNIX

Database, Database Alias, and Catalog Node Names

Database names are the identifying names assigned to databases in the database manager.

Database alias names are synonyms given to remote databases. Database aliases must be unique within the System Database Directory in which all aliases are stored.

When naming a database or database alias, see "General Naming Rules".

In addition, the name you specify can contain 1 to 8 characters.


  1. To avoid potential problems, do not use the special characters @, #, and $ in a database name if you intend to have a client remotely connect to a host database. Also, because these characters are not common to all keyboards, do not use them if you plan to use the database in another country.

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