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The compound SQL statement.

where statement-body is:




The compound statement is used in a routine or trigger to create an environment within which variables, cursors, exception condition names and exception handlers can be declared. A number of procedural SQL statements can also be specified.

The procedural SQL statements in a compound statement are executed in sequence whenever the compound statement is executed.

The compound statement may be used wherever a single procedural SQL statement is permitted. Thus, it provides a mechanism for executing a sequence of statements in places where the syntax rules permit only a single statement to be specified.

Compound statements can be nested and the optional label value can be used to qualify the names of objects declared within the compound statement.

The label value can also be used in conjunction with the LEAVE statement to control the execution flow by exiting from the compound statement.

The compound statement can be defined as atomic by specifying ATOMIC next to the BEGIN keyword.

When a compound statement is defined as atomic, an "atomic execution context" becomes active while it, or any sub-query contained in a statement within it, is executing.

While an atomic execution context is active:


If ATOMIC is specified, the ROLLBACK and COMMIT statements must not be used in the compound statement.

A compound statement which contains a declaration of an UNDO exception handler must be ATOMIC.


A compound statement without an ATOMIC or NOT ATOMIC specification is assumed to be NOT ATOMIC.

The value of label must be the same at both ends of the compound statement.

If label is specified at the end of the compound statement it must also be specified at the beginning.

If the LEAVE statement is to be used to exit the compound statement, the label at the beginning must be specified.

Standard Compliance

Fully compliant.

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