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Apostrophes break my query?

Posted on 2000-05-16
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Hi......
I'm using Perl-DBI to extract data from Oracle.
My selects and inserts have apostrophes in them.
This breaks my sql statement with...........
"quoted string not properly terrminated."
help, the same happens when I try and escape the \' in sqlplus.
cheers
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by:davdonin
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If you want an apostrophe inside of your statemnt you have to double them, e.g: 'this ''is a'' string with ''apostrophes'''.
Hope this helps.
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dbalaski earned 50 total points
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Hi,  
Pretty easy to do this,  two methods outline

Method #1 Use double apostrophes inside  the string to insert:
example:  (All done in a database for verification of results)

Connected to:
Oracle8i Enterprise Edition Release 8.1.6.0.0 - Production
With the Partitioning option
JServer Release 8.1.6.0.0 - Production

SQL> create table test (field1  varchar2(200));
Table created.
     
** note the double '' in the field1 insert statement

SQL> insert into test values ('Radha''s Database');
1 row created.

SQL> commit;

SQL> select * from test;
FIELD1
---------------------------
Radha's Database
        **  here it is

Second Method:   Say you want to encapsultate a value in apostrophes from a table,   use character string 39 appended to the field.  Example:
SQL> select chr(39)||name||chr(39) from v$database;

CHR(39)||NA
-----------
'RADHA_T1'
**            **  here they are!

Hope this answers everything okay!  
Let me know how it works for you!
dB
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Thanks, see my new Q about loging users out!
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