ODI Does Not Properly Load Arabic Characters Into DB2/400

(Doc ID 1983222.1)

Last updated on MARCH 21, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Data Integrator - Version 11.1.1.3.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

While running Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) Interfaces / Mappings for loading Arabic characters from Oracle to iSeries DB2/400, the Arabic characters are replaced by question marks (?), independently from which knowledge modules are used.

Below a screen copy showing the Arabic data:

 

... and another screen copy showing the data loaded by ODI:

 

For handling Arabic characters, iSeries requires a specific encoding (CCSID) to be used:

     https://www-01.ibm.com/software/globalization/ccsid/ccsid_registered.html
     https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/ssw_ibm_i_71/nls/rbagsccsidcdepgscharsets.htm
     http://www.mcpressonline.com/forum/forum/programming/rpg/12799-how-to-set-job-ccsid
    
CCSID 420 (IBM EBCDIC Arabic) being the value generally used for pure Arabic chracters.

Though:
  • When using the Weblogic Datadirect JDBC driver, question marks are inserted regarless to the CCSID having been used for creating the DB2/400 table...
  • When using the IBM Toolbox / JTOpen JDBC driver, correct Arabic characters are inserted if CCSID 420 has been used for creating the DB2/400 table...

 

Cause

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