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hi all,

i am using  the below query to do a fast export in teradata

sel
CAST((b.id  (FORMAT 'zzzzzzzzzzzzv')) AS CHAR(12)),CAST('|'  as char(1)),
from
customer b

here the column id in table has both negative and postive values but the above sql changes all negative numbers to postive. can anyone suggest me how to retain the negative number when i do select ?
sample customer table data
-7045
5678

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Question by:rajeshnayakwadi
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by:NickUpson
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Sign characters.
May be placed at the beginning or end of a format string. One sign
character places the edit character in a fixed position for the output
string.
If two or more of these characters are present on the left, the sign floats
(moves to the position just to the left of the number as determined by the
stated structure).
The + translates to + or - as appropriate; the - translates to - or blank.
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by:rajeshnayakwadi
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Hi Nick,
can you please explain with an example how to preserve the sign ?
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depends if you want positive numbers to have a + sign, assuming you don't

sel
CAST((b.id  (FORMAT '-zzzzzzzzzzzzv')) AS CHAR(12)),CAST('|'  as char(1)),
from
customer b
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