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What's the best way to decode URL characters when pulling data from Oracle?
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Can u give example like what is the input (URL) and which way you want to represent?
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by:stang1
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the fields is varchar2(4000) and contains: (for example)
'Feb.+20%2C+2008%2C+Director+%28'
and my desired result:
'Feb. 20, 2008, Director ('
I'm just spooling to a .txt file and want to convert the encoded chars....
Thanks for your help....
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by:stang1
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the field is varchar2(4000) and contains: (for example)
'Feb.+20%2C+2008%2C+Director+%28'
and my desired result:
'Feb. 20, 2008, Director ('
I'm just doing a select and 3 tbls and spooling to a .txt file and want to convert the encoded chars....
Thanks for your help....
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Hi,
To my knowledge, oracle does not provide any functions for decoding URL.

However, you can use perl or java script for the same and call from oracle.

Hope it helps
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I'm afraid, not in version 9, but in version 11 (just in case anybody else is looking for somethink like this):

http://www.psoug.org/reference/utl_url.html
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To my knowledge, the UTL_URL -package exists in Oracle 9 Release 2, however I'm not entirely certain of Release 1.
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And, according to the page linked by MarkusId, it has indeed been first available in version 9.0.1.

So, to answer the original question, the solution to the example you gave (of course, you need to have execute privilege to the package SYS.UTL_URL, but I believe that has been granted to PUBLIC, so you propably don't need to worry about that) is:
SELECT UTL_URL.UNESCAPE('Feb.+20%2C+2008%2C+Director+%28') FROM DUAL;

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I just added a replace for the '+' and it worked really well.  Thanks!
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