Like Syntax

Posted on 2004-08-06
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Using access you can differentiate between numbers and letters using - [Purchases].[Lot]) Not Like '*[a-z]*' - Using this syntax in Access one can get all the records that have numbers only.  Using this you get numbers only and only 4 placings ([Purchases].[Lot]) Not Like '####'

Is there a way to do this in MySQL

Question by:ralphsauto
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Above page has all the wildcards allowed in mysql.

You need something like:

SELECT * FROM yourtable WHERE yourfield REGEXP '^[a-d]'
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For syntax on regular expression go to:
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ID: 11738178
Ok that has helped a little, I am having trouble with the matching still 12345 is still being matched with CA12345 I just want to match 12345, I have used ^[0-9], to match the beginning of the line which just finds the first number (unless I have it wrong) [^0-9] matches alphabetic characters and any other extraneious ones in the complete line,  All in all I am gettting very confused.
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well if you do

SELECT '12345' REGEXP '[0-9]{5}';

will return true but

SELECT 'CA12345' REGEXP '[0-9]{5}';

will return false. Following will also return false since there are only 4 digits instead of 5.

SELECT '1234' REGEXP '[0-9]{5}';

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akshah123 earned 125 total points
ID: 11738437
For this use
>>> one can get all the records that have numbers only.

select * from your tabel where yourfield REGEXP '^[0-9]+$';

Author Comment

ID: 11739447
The last statement you sent me doesn't work I get a bad syntax error from MySQL

Author Comment

ID: 11739570
Sorry My mistake using perl I needed to escape the $ You have earned the points.  Thanks

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