The start value is the value of the variable at the start of the session. The start value could be a value defined in the parameter file for the variable, a value assigned in the pre-session variable assignment, a value saved in the repository from the previous run of the session, a user defined initial value for the variable, or the default value based on the variable datatype. The Integration Service looks for the start value in the following order:
For example, you create a mapping variable in a mapping or mapplet and enter an initial value, but you do not define a value for the variable in a parameter file. The first time the Integration Service runs the session, it evaluates the start value of the variable to the configured initial value. The next time the session runs, the Integration Service evaluates the start value of the variable to the value saved in the repository. If you want to override the value saved in the repository before running a session, you need to define a value for the variable in a parameter file. When you define a mapping variable in the parameter file, the Integration Service uses this value instead of the value saved in the repository or the configured initial value for the variable. When you use a mapping variable ('$$MAPVAR') in an expression, the expression always returns the start value of the mapping variable. If the start value of MAPVAR is 0, then $$MAPVAR returns 0.