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Matching "&" in oracle

Posted on 2004-10-27
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I have a column "A" in a table "T" which has a data with special characters like &.
For example lets say the values is P&L
Now if I write a query
select * from T where A = 'P&L';
It prompts me for the value of L, instead of matching the record. I know that this is because of & being a special character. I tried negating the special character using \ and {} , it doesnt work.
Also I do not want to use like '%&%'...in my where clause.

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Question by:sathyagiri
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    by:lwadwell
    try

    where A = 'P' || '&' || 'L'
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    by:
    set define off works fine
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    by:paquicuba
    Just an example:

    SQL> set define off
    SQL> select '&' "&" from dual;

    &
    -
    &

    SQL>
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    by:catchmeifuwant
    In sql issue the command:

    sql> set escape off
    sql> select * from T where A = 'P\&L';

    Answer to a similar question : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Oracle/Q_21184273.html
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    by:sathyagiri
    Thanks a lot both set define off and set escape off works fine.
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