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This error occurs in SDE 3.x for Informix when trying to create a new layer:
Error: Underlying DBMS error (-51).
Error: Cannot Create Layer.
[Informix][Odbc Informix Driver]Data truncated.
The SDE metadata tables only allow table names of 18 characters or less.
This is a known limitation that will be fixed in a later release. In the meantime, use layer names of 18 characters or less.