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You define the database name when you create the database. The database system automatically converts all lower-case letters you enter into upper-case letters.

Note that you cannot change the database name later.

General Restrictions

  • The database name can have a maximum of eight characters.

  • It may only contain characters from the 7-bit ASCII character set.

  • It must not begin with an underscore or a period.

Additional Restrictions on Microsoft Windows

  • The database name must not contain any of the following characters:

    \ / : * ? " < > |

  • The following database names are not allowed:


    COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9

    LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, LPT9

  • The database name must not end with a period.

When you are planning a database port from Unix or Linux to Microsoft Windows, observe the restrictions listed above.

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