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Update all the fields which has leading zeros with removing leading spaces

Posted on 2007-11-14
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I am using oracle data base . I have column which has 2000 records with leading spaces. i want to remove leading whitespaces and store just the number.

Like NDC
       '       1234'   replace record with '1234';


Can anyone tell me how to update records of that type of data.

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Question by:cutie_smily
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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UPDATE yourtable
  set NDC = trim(leading ' ' from NDC)
WHERE NDC LIKE ' %'
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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by:cutie_smily
ID: 20283495
UPDATE yourtable
  set NDC = trim(leading ' ' from NDC)
WHERE NDC LIKE ' %'


Can you please use fieldname and Tablename in your query. do not use the fieldname i provided 'coz after from is it a table name or columnname??
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by:cutie_smily
ID: 20283512
i know the TRIM functions . I am wondering how to apply in my update query.
Thanks and looking forward
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by:imitchie
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UPDATE tablename
  set fieldname = trim(leading ' ' from fieldname)
WHERE fieldname LIKE ' %'

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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UPDATE tablename
  set fieldname= trim(leading ' ' from fieldname
WHERE fieldname LIKE ' %'
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by:cutie_smily
ID: 20283631
Thanks a lot. Let me run above n get back.
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by:jwahl
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UPDATE yourtable
SET ndc = LTRIM(ndc)
WHERE ndc LIKE ' %';

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