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vickyprodigy

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Substituting NULL values in a SELECT query
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Hi,

I generate reports from Error log tables. Wat i do is... i run a SELECT query based on certain conditions and i FTP the result in a TXT format. When i FTP it, the records which has NULL in the table is getting overwritten by the values of the subsequent column. To prevent this, i need a way to substitute someother value (eg '-' ) for the NULL values. Is it possible to do it in the SELECT query itself????
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:03 pm    Post subject:
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject:
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Can you explain please
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:26 pm    Post subject:
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thanks got it...

also...

can somebody tell ... how do i make the result of a varchar column of same length in a SELECT query...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Substituting NULL values in a SELECT query
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Or use 'SELECT VALUE(COLX,value)'

Whenever COLX column has null, it is substituted by value.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Substituting NULL values in a SELECT query
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Hi,

You can use this function as given below. By using the IFNULL function, you can able to findout null values and replace with given specific strings. It can also be used to specify multiple columns within a single select query.

SELECT EMPNO, IFNULL(SALARY, '-') FROM ADMINISTRATOR.EMP;
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