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Posted on 2012-03-10
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I have been given a field that I need to change a description from

Economy Funerals NSW Asset Purchases Cle
to
Value Funerals NSW Asset Purcashes Cle

There are over 500 entries, I need to change the word Economy to Value
what is the sql syntax to do this.
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Question by:Amanda Walshaw
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by:Neil Russell
ID: 37705777
UPDATE table
SET fieldname = "Value Funerals NSW Asset Purcashes Cle"
WHERE fieldname = "Economy Funerals NSW Asset Purchases Cle"
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by:Neil Russell
ID: 37705780
where the word table needs to e the name of your table and the word fieldname needs to be the name of the field your changing
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by:jogos
ID: 37706440
See update of Neilsr, but with building an update always try if your where-clause is correct by trying it in a select. OK here it looks as if it is very specific, but a good habbit makes you won't get surprised by an update where you forgot a crucial filter.

select * from table
WHERE fieldname = "Economy Funerals NSW Asset Purchases Cle"
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by:Amanda Walshaw
ID: 37706682
no sorry there are over 500 of the chart of accounts all different descriptions
example of number of descriptions
Economy Funerals NSW Trade Debtors Colle
Economy Funerals NSW Plant & Equipment I
Economy Funerals NSW Asset Sale Proceeds
Economy Funerals NSW Asset Purchases Cle
Economy Funerals NSW Prov Depr - Plant &
Economy Funerals NSW Accrued Charges Inv
Economy Funerals NSW Preservation InvoCa
Economy Funerals NSW Electronic Notices

To

Value Funerals NSW Trade Debtors Colle
Value Funerals NSW Plant & Equipment I
Value Funerals NSW Asset Sale Proceeds
Value Funerals NSW Asset Purchases Cle
Value Funerals NSW Prov Depr - Plant &
Value Funerals NSW Accrued Charges Inv
Value Funerals NSW Preservation InvoCa
Value Funerals NSW Electronic Notices
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by:Anthony Perkins
ID: 37707211
A small variation (no points please):
UPDATE YourTableName
SET YourColumnName = REPLACE(YourColumnName, 'Economy', 'Value')
WHERE fieldname LIKE 'Economy Funerals NSW%'
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Anthony Perkins earned 500 total points
ID: 37707212
This should be a safer:
UPDATE YourTableName
SET YourColumnName = 'Value' + SUNSTRING(YourColumnName, 8, LEN(YourColumnName) - 7)
WHERE fieldname LIKE 'Economy Funerals NSW%'
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by:Amanda Walshaw
ID: 37707449
UPDATE YourTableName
SET YourColumnName = 'Value' + SUNSTRING(YourColumnName, 8, LEN(YourColumnName) - 7)
WHERE fieldname LIKE 'Economy Funerals NSW%'

note sunstring is not recognizable, i think you mean substring


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by:Amanda Walshaw
ID: 37707450
worked well
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