The arithabort option determines how Adaptive Server behaves when an arithmetic error occurs. The two arithabort options, arithabort arith_overflow and arithabort numeric_truncation, handle different types of arithmetic errors. You can set each option independently, or set both options with a single set arithabort on or set arithabort off statement.
arithabort arith_overflow specifies behavior following a divide-by-zero error or a loss of precision during either an explicit or an implicit datatype conversion. This type of error is considered serious. The default setting, arithabort arith_overflow on, rolls back the entire transaction in which the error occurs. If the error occurs in a batch that does not contain a transaction, arithabort arith_overflow on does not roll back earlier commands in the batch, but Adaptive Server does not execute any statements that follow the error-generating statement in the batch.
If you set arithabort arith_overflow off, Adaptive Server aborts the statement that causes the error, but continues to process other statements in the transaction or batch.
arithabort numeric_truncation specifies behavior following a loss of scale by an exact numeric datatype during an implicit datatype conversion. (When an explicit conversion results in a loss of scale, the results are truncated without warning.) The default setting, arithabort numeric_truncation on, aborts the statement that causes the error but continues to process other statements in the transaction or batch. If you set arithabort numeric_truncation off, Adaptive Server truncates the query results and continues processing.
The arithignore option determines whether Adaptive Server prints a warning message after an overflow error. By default, the arithignore option is turned off. This causes Adaptive Server to display a warning message after any query that results in numeric overflow. To ignore overflow errors, use set arithignore on.
The arithabort and arithignore options were redefined for release 10.0. If you use these options in your applications, examine them to be sure they still produce the desired effects.