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These three statements are used to manipulate cursors declared in an SQL script. The Advantage SQL engine currently only supports read only and forward only cursors.


OPEN cursorname [AS cursor_statement];

CLOSE cursorname;

FETCH cursorname;


The cursorname is the name of the cursor declared at the beginning of the script.


The OPEN statement opens a cursor by executing the SQL statement specified in the cursor_statement or as part of the DECLARE statement. A cursor may be opened and closed multiple times in the same script with different values for cursor_statement. If the cursor_statement is not specified in the OPEN statement, it must be specified either in the cursor declaration or in an OPEN statement previously executed for this cursor. An error is returned if the OPEN statement is executed on a cursor that is already opened. When opened, the record pointer in the cursor is located before the first row in the cursor. A FETCH statement must be executed after the OPEN statement to position the record pointer on a valid row.

If the cursor is defined with as a SELECT statement, opening the cursor will re-execute the SELECT statement and rewind the cursor. If the cursor is defined with as an EXECUTE PROCEDURE statement, opening the cursor will re-execute the stored procedure and open the output table of the stored procedure as the cursor. In both cases the record pointer will be positioned before the first record in the cursor.

After a cursor is open, the data in the cursor may be accessed using the dotted notation: cursor_name.column_name.

The CLOSE statement closes an open cursor and allows it to be reopened.

The FETCH statement scrolls the cursor forward one row. Calling fetch while the record pointer is positioned on the last row or after last row does not result in an error; therefore, using a FETCH statement by itself is not useful in most situations. A FETCH is used in conjunction with an IF statement or a WHILE statement to test for a valid row is more useful.

Example 1

// A sample script using cursor to find the largest ID from a table


DECLARE maxid Integer;


OPEN cursor1;

maxid = 0;



 IF > maxid THEN

   maxid =;




CLOSE cursor1;