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2178360 - ODBC: Search argument for smalldatetime and datetime binds as BIGDATETIME if ASE supports the data type, causing optimizer to perform table scan instead of index - SDK for SAP ASE


  • A bigdatetime (TDS type) parameter is used to represent a smalldatetime or datetime field in unique index to optimize search performance.
  • When using the field as a search argument (SARG) in where clause, the ASE ODBC Driver (ADO.NET does as well) binds the field as TDS_BIGDATETIME forcing ASE to use table scan and not the index.
  • If table is large enough you can receive timeout messages:

 [SAP][ASE ODBC Driver]The command has timed out.

  • This can cause major production delays and even outages.



  • SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.7
  • Adaptive Server Enterprise ODBC Driver by Sybase
  • ODBC applications (MS Access, C++, etc) that bind parameters
  • Microsoft Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • Win 7/8/10, 2008/2008 R2, 2012/2012 R2


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.7 ; SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 16.0 ; SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise SDK 16.0 ; Sybase SDK 15.5 ; Sybase SDK 15.7 ; Sybase Software Developer Kit 15.7


SARG , KBA , BC-SYB-SDK , SDK , BC-SYB-ASE , Sybase ASE Database Platform (non Business Suite) , Bug Filed

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