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Chapter 5

Writing WBEM Queries

This chapter explains how to use the WBEM Query Language (WQL) and the query APIs to write queries, and includes the following topics:

Note - For detailed information on the WBEM query APIs (javax.wbem.query), see file:/usr/sadm/lib/wbem/doc/index.html.

About the WBEM Query Language

The WBEM Query Language (WQL) is a subset of the standard American National Standards Institute Structured Query Language (ANSI SQL) with semantic changes to support WBEM in the Solaris environment.

The following table shows the mapping of SQL concepts to WQL.

Table 5-1 Mapping of SQL Concepts to WQL

SQL Concept

WQL Representation


CIM class


CIM instance


CIM property

Note - Like SQL, WQL statements use single (` ') quotation marks.

In the Solaris WBEM Services implementation, WQL is a retrieval-only language. You can use WQL to query data that is stored using the CIM data model. In the CIM model, information about objects is stored in CIM classes and CIM instances. CIM instances can contain properties, which have a name, data type, and value.

Writing Queries

WBEM clients use WQL to query and filter data. When the data is served by a particular provider, the CIM Object Manager passes the client queries to the appropriate provider. You can search for instances that match a specified query in a particular class, or in all classes within a particular namespace.

For example, you can search for all instances of the Solaris_DiskDrive class that have a particular value for the Storage_Capacity property:
select * from Solaris_DiskDrive where Storage_Capacity = 1000

WQL Key Words

The Solaris WBEM SDK supports Level 1 WBEM SQL, which enables simple select operations without joins. The following table describes the supported WQL key words.

Table 5-2 Supported WQL Key Words

Key Word



Combines two Boolean expressions and returns TRUE when both expressions are TRUE.


Specifies the classes that contain the properties listed in a SELECT statement.


Comparison operator used with NULL.


Combines two conditions. When more than one logical operator is used in a statement, OR operators are evaluated after AND operators.


Specifies the properties that are used in a query.


Narrows the scope of a query.


Generates a result set based on a minimum amount of information provided.

SELECT Statement

You use the SELECT statement to retrieve instances of a single class and its subclasses. You can also specify the properties to retrieve and the conditions that must be met.

Note - Currently, join operations are not supported.

The syntax for the SELECT statement is as follows:

SELECT list FROM class WHERE condition

The following table shows examples of using arguments in the SELECT clause to refine a search.

Table 5-3 Sample SELECT Statements

Example Query



Selects all instances of the specified class and all of its subclasses. Each instance returned contains all the properties.

SELECT PropertyA FROM class

Selects all instances containing PropertyA of the specified class and all of its subclasses.

SELECT PropertyA, PropertyB FROM class WHERE PropertyB=20

Selects all instances of the specified class and all of its subclasses where PropertyB=20. Each returned instance contains only PropertyA and PropertyB.

FROM Clause

The FROM clause identifies the class in which to search for instances that match the query string. Only non-joined expressions are supported, which means that a valid WQL FROM clause includes only a single class.

The FROM clause is represented by the abstract class, fromExp. Currently NonJoinExp is the only direct subclass of fromExp. The NonJoinExp subclass represents FROM clauses with only one table (CIM class) to which the SELECT operation is applied.

WHERE Clause

The WHERE clause narrows the scope of a query. This clause contains a conditional expression, which can contain a property or key word, an operator, and a constant.

The syntax for a WHERE clause appended to a SELECT statement is as follows:

SELECT CIMinstance FROM CIMclass WHERE conditional_expression 

The conditional_expression in the WHERE clause takes the following form:

 property operator constant

The expression is composed of a property or key word, an operator, and a constant. You can append the WHERE clause to the SELECT statement using one of the following forms:

SELECT instance FROM class [WHERE constant operator property]

Valid WHERE clauses follow these rules:

  • The value of the constant must be of the correct data type for the property.

  • The operator must be a valid WQL operator.

  • Either a property name or a constant must appear on either side of the operator in the WHERE clause.

  • Arbitrary arithmetic expressions cannot be used. For example, the following query returns only instances of the Solaris_Printer class that represent a printer with ready status:

    SELECT * FROM Solaris_Printer WHERE Status = `ready'

  • Multiple groups of properties, operators, and constants can be combined in a WHERE clause using logical operators and parenthetical expressions. Each group must be joined with the AND, OR, or NOT operators.

    This example retrieves all instances of the Solaris_FileSystem class with the Name property set to either home or files:

    SELECT * FROM Solaris_FileSystem WHERE Name= `home' OR Name= `files'

    This example retrieves disks named home and files only if the disks have a certain amount of available space remaining, and have a Solaris file systes.

    SELECT * FROM Solaris_FileSystem WHERE (Name = `home' OR 
    Name = `files') AND AvailableSpace > 2000000 AND FileSystem = `Solaris'

Standard WQL Operators for WHERE Clauses

You can use the following standard WQL operators for a binary expression in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement.

Table 5-4 WQL Operators for WHERE Clauses




Equal to


Less than


Greater than


Less than or equal to


Greater than or equal to


Not equal to

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