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Remote last 3 asterisks (***) from MySQL Field

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I'm trying to figure out how to write a query that will remove the last 3 asterisks from a VARCHAR field only if they exist. I can't find much on google, any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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by:Patrick Matthews
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UPDATE SomeTable
SET SomeColumn = LEFT(SomeColumn, LEN(SomeColumn) - 3)
WHERE RIGHT(SomeColumn, 3) = "***"
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by:brendan-amex
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I'm running this in MySQL (phpmyadmin to test before moving it into php) and it says "FUNCTION databasename.LEN does not exist" Is there another way to do this that will work on MySQL?
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brendan-amex earned 0 total points
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nevermind, figured it out.

update TABLE_NAME set FIELD_NAME = replace(FIELD_NAME, ‘find this string’, ‘replace found string with this string’);

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by:brendan-amex
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Found the answer myself online.

update TABLE_NAME set FIELD_NAME = replace(FIELD_NAME, ‘find this string’, ‘replace found string with this string’);
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