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ORA-00936 Missing Expression, ORA-00972 identifier is too long

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I am getting the above mentioned 2 errors on my PC (Windows 2000 server).
I have another PC which is Windows 2003 server which has same exact code and works fine.

My connect string looks like :
Provider=OraOLEDB.Oracle.1;Persist Security Info=False;User ID=bprod;Data Source=asbc;Extended Properties=""

********* Following query gives "ORA-00936 Missing Expression"
SELECT PK_ALERTS, ALERT_ID, ALERT_NAME, ALERT_CATEGORY, ALERT_TYPE, IS_ACTIVE,
IS_BLINKING, ALERT_TOOLTIP, ALERT_SOUND_FILE, DESCRIPTION, ALERT_DBLC_ACTION,
ALERT_ANIGIF_FILE, ALERT_CAPTION, ALERT_FG_COLOR, ALERT_BG_COLOR,
ALERT_USE_SOUND, ALERT_USE_SPEECH,
(SELECT COUNT(*) FROM USER_ALERTS WHERE ALERTS.ALERT_ID = USER_ALERTS.ALERT_ID
      AND USER_ALERTS.USER_ID = 'AWILDA' ) AS CNT
FROM ALERTS WHERE IS_ACTIVE <> 0 ORDER BY ALERT_ID

********* Following query gives "ORA-00972 identifier is too long"
SELECT TASKS.* ,
( SELECT VALUE_DESCR FROM FIELDS_VALUES WHERE FIELD_TYPE = 'TaskSubM'
      AND VALUE_CODE = TASKS.TASKSubMenuCode AND Active <> 0 ) AS TaskSubMenu
FROM TASKS WHERE ACTIVE <> 0  

Both the queries when run from TOAD work fine.
The database is on Oracle9.

Regards
VU3LMG
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by:GGuzdziol
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Maybe there's some problem with subqueries? I don't know what You are using since You provided no information on that.
If this is the issue, You can try rewritting Your first code to:

SELECT ALERTS.PK_ALERTS, ALERTS.ALERT_ID, ALERTS.ALERT_NAME, ALERTS.ALERT_CATEGORY, ALERTS.ALERT_TYPE, ALERTS.IS_ACTIVE,
    ALERTS.IS_BLINKING, ALERTS.ALERT_TOOLTIP, ALERTS.ALERT_SOUND_FILE, ALERTS.DESCRIPTION, ALERTS.ALERT_DBLC_ACTION,
    ALERTS.ALERT_ANIGIF_FILE, ALERTS.ALERT_CAPTION, ALERTS.ALERT_FG_COLOR, ALERTS.ALERT_BG_COLOR,
    ALERTS.ALERT_USE_SOUND, ALERTS.ALERT_USE_SPEECH, COUNT(*) AS CNT
  FROM ALERTS
    LEFT OUTER JOIN USER_ALERTS ON ALERTS.ALERT_ID = USER_ALERTS.ALERT_ID AND USER_ALERTS.USER_ID = 'AWILDA'
  WHERE IS_ACTIVE <> 0
  GROUP BY ALERTS.PK_ALERTS, ALERTS.ALERT_ID, ALERTS.ALERT_NAME, ALERTS.ALERT_CATEGORY, ALERTS.ALERT_TYPE, ALERTS.IS_ACTIVE,
    ALERTS.IS_BLINKING, ALERTS.ALERT_TOOLTIP, ALERTS.ALERT_SOUND_FILE, ALERTS.DESCRIPTION, ALERTS.ALERT_DBLC_ACTION,
    ALERTS.ALERT_ANIGIF_FILE, ALERTS.ALERT_CAPTION, ALERTS.ALERT_FG_COLOR, ALERTS.ALERT_BG_COLOR,
    ALERTS.ALERT_USE_SOUND, ALERTS.ALERT_USE_SPEECH
  ORDER BY ALERT_ID

and second to

SELECT TASKS.* ,
    FIELD_VALUES.VALUE_DESCR AS TaskSubMenu
  FROM TASKS
    LEFT OUTER JOIN FIELDS_VALUES ON FIELDS_VALUES.VALUE_CODE = TASKS.TASKSubMenuCode AND FIELD_VALUES.Active <> 0 AND FIELD_TYPE = 'TaskSubM'
  WHERE ACTIVE <> 0  

(If You are sure that link always exists - both queries - feel free to change left outer join to inner join).
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by:Naveen Kumar
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are you getting the errors in sql*plus, if so then paste the errors which will show which line the errors are for the above queries.

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by:vu3lmg
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a) As I mentioned initially, the database is Oracle9.
b) The problem must NOT be with sub queries because I have another Widows 2003 PC which runs same exact code to same exact database and these queries work fine.

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VU3LMG
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seems to be db bug or some installation issues like initialization/default settings but not really sure as to what could be the real culprit here.

Though expensive and time consuming, try to install the same version of db in another system and try. If it works, then it has to do something with this problematic system. If there also, it fails then it is for sure some bug in the software you are installing :)

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>> b) The problem must NOT be with sub queries because I have another Widows 2003 PC which runs same exact code to same exact database and these queries work fine.

I meant: those statements are obviously correct, but maybe there's some problem with Your connection provider. As You say it cannot be problem with db itself, so try if any query would work, i.e. issue select * from dual and see if this would fail.
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Alright guys, finally found the problem.  Oracle9i update was not installed.
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