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Is it possible to replace a character within set of oracle records with update statement

Posted on 2011-09-28
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I need replace all  semi-colons with comma in a set of oracle reocrds in a particular field.  Is there a way to change an item in a record vs change the record.?

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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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If I understand this correctly it is a simple update:
update table_name set column_name=replace(column_name,';',',');
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by:gilnari
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I don't want to replace the column name,  I want to update a set of records where as example

john; smith
susize; cole

to
john, smith
susize, cole

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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 2000 total points
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You are not replacing the column name.  You are replacing the data stored in the column.

As always, set up a quick test and test things.

Create table tab1(col1 varchar2(20));
Insert into tab1 values('john; smith');
Update tab1 set col1=replace(col1,';',',');
Select * from tab1;
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by:gilnari
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I love you guys and gals.  thank you again
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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As always: glad to help.
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