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can I left pad a char column with spaces

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Char column , I believe, always right pads with spaces. I am wondering if it is possible to left pad it without changing the datatype.

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 43 total points
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you have to use the LPAD function, possibly in a trigger to do this automatically.
however, curious about the "why" of such a requirement...
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he LPAD or Left Pad function returns char1, left-padded to length n with the sequence of characters in char2; char2 defaults to a single blank. If char1 is longer than n, this function returns the portion of char1 that fits in n.

Both char1 and char2 can be any of the datatypes CHAR, VARCHAR2, NCHAR, NVARCHAR2, CLOB, or NCLOB. The string returned is of VARCHAR2 datatype and is in the same character set as char1.

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