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JetEnumerateColumns Function

Windows

Last modified: January 09, 2012

Applies to: Windows | Windows Server

The JetEnumerateColumns function efficiently retrieves a set of columns and their values from the current record of a cursor or the copy buffer of that cursor. The columns and values retrieved can be restricted by a list of column IDs, itagSequence numbers, and other characteristics. This column retrieval API is unique in that it returns information in dynamically allocated memory that is obtained using a user-provided realloc compatible callback. This new flexibility permits the efficient retrieval of column data with specific characteristics (such as size and multiplicity) that are unknown to the caller. This eliminates the need for the use of the discovery modes of JetRetrieveColumn to determine those characteristics in order to setup a final call to JetRetrieveColumn that will successfully retrieve the desired data.

Windows XP:   JetEnumerateColumns is introduced in Windows XP.

JET_ERR JET_API JetEnumerateColumns(
  __in          JET_SESID sesid,
  __in          JET_TABLEID tableid,
  __in          unsigned long cEnumColumnId,
  __in_opt      JET_ENUMCOLUMNID* rgEnumColumnId,
  __out         unsigned long* pcEnumColumn,
  __out         JET_ENUMCOLUMN** prgEnumColumn,
  __in          JET_PFNREALLOC pfnRealloc,
  __in          void* pvReallocContext,
  __in          unsigned long cbDataMost,
  __in          JET_GRBIT grbit
);

Parameters

sesid

The session to use for this call.

tableid

The cursor to use for this call.

cEnumColumnId

An array of column IDs, each with an optional array of itagSequence numbers to enumerate.

If cEnumColumnId is 0 (zero) then rgEnumColumnId is ignored and all column values are enumerated and returned to the caller. If an element of the column ID array refers to a column ID of 0 (zero) then enumeration of that column is skipped and a corresponding slot in the output will be generated with a column status of JET_wrnColumnSkipped.

If ctagSequence is 0 (zero) for a given element of the column ID array then rgtagSequence is ignored and all column values for that column ID are enumerated and returned to the caller. If an element of an itagSequence number array refers to a itagSequence number of 0 (zero) then the enumeration of that itagSequence number is skipped and a corresponding slot in the output will be generated with a column value status of JET_wrnColumnSkipped.

rgEnumColumnId

See cEnumColumnId.

pcEnumColumn

Returns the enumerated array of columns and their values in memory allocated through the provided itagSequence compatible callback.

If an array of column IDs is requested on input then the order and size of the output array will reflect the order and size of the input array. Similarly, if an array of itagSequence numbers is requested for a particular column ID on input then the order and size of the output array of column values for that column will reflect the order and size of the input array.

The output parameters are set to 0 (zero) and NULL on any error except for JET_errBadColumnId and JET_errColumnNotFound. When these errors are returned, the output data is valid and complete for all but the affected column IDs. The status code for each of the affected column IDs is set to one of these errors so that the caller may determine which column IDs were bad and potentially take corrective action.

prgEnumColumn

See pcEnumColumn.

pfnRealloc

Identifies a realloc compatible callback and an optional context pointer used to allocate memory for the output array of columns and their values.

pvReallocContext

See pfnRealloc.

cbDataMost

Sets a cap on the amount of data to return from a long text or long binary column.

This parameter can be used to prevent the enumeration of an extremely large column value. Ordinarily, such an enumeration might fail the API call with JET_errOutOfMemory. If a large column value is truncated in such a manner then the column value's status will be JET_wrnColumnTruncated.

grbit

A group of bits specifying zero or more of the following options.

Value

Meaning

JET_bitEnumerateCompressOutput

When enumerating column values, all columns for which we are retrieving all values and that have only one non-NULL column value may be returned in a compressed format. The status for such columns will be set to JET_wrnColumnSingleValue and the size of the column value and the memory containing the column value will be returned directly in the JET_ENUMCOLUMN structure. It is not guaranteed that all eligible columns are compressed in this manner. See JET_ENUMCOLUMN for more information.

JET_bitEnumerateCopy

This option indicates that the modified column values of the record should be enumerated rather than the original column values. If a column value has not been modified, the original column value is enumerated. In this way, a column value that has not yet been inserted or updated may be enumerated when inserting or updating a record.

This option is identical to JET_bitRetrieveCopy when used with JetRetrieveColumn or JetRetrieveColumns.

JET_bitEnumerateIgnoreDefault

If a given column is not present in the record then no column value will be returned. Ordinarily, the default value for the column, if any, would be returned in this case. It is guaranteed that if the column is set to a value different than the default value then that different value will be returned (that is, if a column with a default value is explicitly set to NULL then a NULL will be returned as the value for that column). Note that, even if this option is requested, it is still possible to see a column value that happens to be equal to the default value. No effort is made to remove column values that match their default values.

It is important to note that this option affects the output of JetEnumerateColumns when used with JET_bitEnumeratePresenceOnly or JET_bitEnumerateTaggedOnly.

JET_bitEnumerateIgnoreUserDefinedDefault

If a given column is not present in the record and it has a user defined default value then no column value will be returned. This option will prevent the callback that computes the user defined default value for the column from being called when enumerating the values for that column.

Windows Server 2003 and earlier:  For Windows Server 2003 and earlier releases, the operation will fail with JET_errCallbackFailed.

Windows Server 2003 SP1:  This possible value is only available for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and later operating systems. If this possible value is specified and the table contains a column that has a user defined default value, then the operation will fail with JET_errCallbackFailed.

JET_bitEnumeratePresenceOnly

If a non-NULL value exists for the requested column or column value then the associated data is not returned. Instead, the associated status for that column or column value will be set to JET_wrnColumnPresent. If the column or column value is NULL then JET_wrnColumnNull will be returned as usual.

JET_bitEnumerateTaggedOnly

When enumerating all column values in the record (for example,that is when cEnumColumnId is zero), only tagged column values will be returned. This option is not allowed when enumerating a specific array of column IDs.

JET_bitEnumerateInRecordOnly

Windows 7:  JET_bitEnumerateInRecordOnly is introduced in Windows 7.

Return Value

This function returns the JET_ERR datatype with one of the following return codes. For more information about the possible ESE errors, see Extensible Storage Engine Errors and Error Handling Parameters.

Return code

Description

JET_errSuccess

The operation completed successfully.

JET_errBadColumnId

The column ID given is outside the legal limits of a column ID. This error will be returned by JetEnumerateColumns if specific column ids were requested, one of those column ids was invalid, and the first invalid column ID failed with this error for its column status code.

JET_errClientRequestToStopJetService

It is not possible to complete the operation because all activity on the instance associated with the session has ceased as a result of a call to JetStopService.

JET_errColumnNotFound

The column described by the given column ID does not exist in the table. This error will be returned by JetEnumerateColumns if specific column IDs were requested, one of those column IDs was invalid, and the first invalid column ID failed with this error for its column status code.

JET_errInstanceUnavailable

It is not possible to complete the operation because the instance associated with the session has encountered a fatal error that requires that access to all data be revoked to protect the integrity of that data.

Windows XP:  This error will only be returned by Windows XP and later releases.

JET_errInvalidgrbit

One of the options requested was invalid or not implemented. This error will be returned by JetEnumerateColumns when:

  • JET_bitEnumerateLocal is specified.

  • An illegal grbit is specified.

JET_errInvalidParameter

One of the parameters provided contained an unexpected value or contained a value that did not make sense when combined with the value of another parameter. This error will be returned by JetEnumerateColumns when:

  • pcEnumColumn is NULL.

  • prgEnumColumn is NULL.

  • pfnRealloc is NULL.

JET_errNoCurrentRecord

The cursor is not positioned on a record. This can happen for many different reasons. For example, this will happen if the cursor is currently positioned after the last record on the current index.

JET_errNotInitialized

It is not possible to complete the operation because the instance associated with the session has not been initialized yet.

JET_errRecordDeleted

The cursor is positioned on a record that has been deleted. This can happen for many different reasons. The most common reason is that the session is not in a transaction, the cursor was positioned on a record, that record was deleted, and then the cursor attempted to reference that record.

JET_errRestoreInProgress

It is not possible to complete the operation because a restore operation is in progress on the instance associated with the session.

JET_errSessionSharingViolation

The same session cannot be used for more than one thread at the same time.

Windows XP:  This error will only be returned by Windows XP and later releases.

JET_errTermInProgress

It is not possible to complete the operation because the instance associated with the session is being shut down.

On success, the requested data will be returned in the output buffers. It is the caller's responsibility to free any memory allocated by this callback and returned in the output buffers. That memory should be freed through the provided realloc compatible callback. No change to the database state will occur.

On failure, none of the requested data will be returned. Any memory that was allocated during the call will be freed automatically using the provided realloc compatible callback. No change to the database state will occur.

Remarks

If you are enumerating all column values in the record and you did not specify JET_bitEnumerateIgnoreDefaults then you cannot assume that you will never see a column or column value with a status code of JET_wrnColumnNull. You can see this status code if a column has a default value and was explicitly set to NULL or if the column is a non-sparse column (for example, a fixed or variable column).

The cbDataMost parameter does not apply to all column values. This parameter will only truncate long text and long binary column values that are so large that they have been stored separately from the record.

If JetEnumerateColumns returns data in its output parameters then the caller is responsible for freeing the memory in the array as well as any memory referred to by pointers embedded in that array.

Requirements

Client

Requires Windows Vista or Windows XP.

Server

Requires Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003.

Header

Declared in Esent.h.

Library

Use ESENT.lib.

DLL

Requires ESENT.dll.

See Also

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