Select records based on Timestamp


This is rather simple question, i might doing something wrong. I have a table with one of the column as timestamp.
The data stored is in format MM/DD/YYYY 24HH:MI:SS.
I want to select the records greater or equal to a certain date.
When i try select * from <tablename> where to_char(timestamp,'MM\DD\YYYY') >= '04/12/2006 5:41:43 PM'
it is returning all the records even before the date given in where condition.

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no. For doing the date or timestamp comparison you got to use to_date, if you use to_char, its gonna do a alphabetic sort not a date sort thus you wont get proper records as you expect. Try this.

select * from <tablename> where to_date(timestamp,'MM\DD\YYYY') >= to_date('04/12/2006 17:41:43','mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss')


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KOTTUSRIAuthor Commented:
Its says "ORA-01843: not a valid month"
Try now.

if timestamp is a date or timestamp field, then directly do this.
select * from <tablename> where timestamp >= to_date('04/12/2006 17:41:43','mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss')

if timestamp  is a varchar2 field, do this.
select * from <tablename> where to_date(to_char(timestamp,'mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss'),'mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss') >= to_date('04/12/2006 17:41:43','mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss')

KOTTUSRIAuthor Commented:
I got the output when i do select * from <tablename> where timestamp >= to_date('04/12/2006 17:41:43','mm/dd/yyyy hh24:mi:ss')

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