I have a server with two instances running on it (a dev environment) where we use one login to access either instance. I wanted to be able to switch context from one instance to the other without changing my .profile to reference the other instance's db2profile, logging out and back in. I wrote a script (iswap) to allow me to do that. Here's what it looks like:

  if [[ $DB2INSTANCE = "instance1" ]]
     . /usr/users/instance2/sqllib/db2profile
     echo "Switched context from instance1 to instance2"
  elif [[ $DB2INSTANCE = "instance2" ]]
     . /usr/users/instance1/sqllib/db2profile
     echo "Switched context from instance2 to instance1"

If I do a "db2 list db directory" after running iswap it shows me the databases in the new instance. If I echo $DB2INSTANCE it reflects the new instance. But, if I do a "db2 list applications" it still shows me the applications connected to the original instance. What am I not changing that I need to add to the script?


The list applications command requires an instance attachment, which is performed implicitly when you first run this command against "instance1". The CLP back-end process db2bp, which handles all server commands and SQL statements on behalf of the front-end program CLP db2, remains attached to the "old" instance after you switch the environment.

You need to end the back-end process by issuing the terminate command (db2 terminate), which will cause a new back-end process to spawn and attach to the new default instance, as specified by $DB2INSTANCE, next time it is required.

  • Thank you. :-) That does exactly what I want.
    – Scavenger
    Oct 16 '19 at 16:21

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