Informix supports MATCHES and LIKE operators in SQL statements.

MATCHES expects * and ? wild-card characters, while LIKE uses the % and _ wild-cards as equivalents.

( col MATCHES 'Smi*' AND col NOT MATCHES 'R?x' )
( col LIKE 'Smi%' AND col NOT LIKE 'R_x' )

MATCHES accepts also brackets notation, to specify a set of matching characters at a given position:

( col MATCHES '[Pp]aris' )
( col MATCHES '[0-9][a-z]*' )

Oracle® MySQL and MariaDB

MySQL and MariaDB do not provide an equivalent of the Informix MATCHES operator.

The LIKE operator is supported.


The database driver is able to translate Informix MATCHES expressions to LIKE expressions, when no [ ] bracket character ranges are used in the MATCHES operand.

The MATCHES to LIKE expression translation is controlled by the following FGLPROFILE entry:
dbi.database.dbname.ifxemul.matches = { true | false }
Important: Only [NOT] MATCHES followed by a search pattern provided as a string literal can be converted by ODI drivers. A [NOT] MATCHES followed by a ? question mark parameter place holder is not translated!

For maximum portability, consider replacing the MATCHES expressions with LIKE expressions in all SQL statements.

Avoid using CHAR(N) types for variable length character data (such as name, address).