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# oracle date- total elapsed time calculation

Posted on 2012-03-28
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:total_elapsed_time :=

select to_char(to_date('00:00:00','HH24:MI:SS')
+ (:filtration_end - :filtration_start), 'HH24:MI');

start 3/28/2012 9:13:52 AM

end 3/28/2012 9:20:00 AM
Its giving me 00:06
but its seven minutes. Need help in fixing this
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Question by:anumoses
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ID: 37777770
It's neither 6 minutes nor 7 minutes.

it's 6 minutes and 8 seconds.

however.  your format  HH24:MI  means you are only displaying the minutes and are dropping the seconds
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ID: 37777779
change this portion...

:filtration_end - :filtration_start

to

trunc(:filtration_end,'mi') - trunc(:filtration_start,'mi')
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Author Comment

ID: 37777798
trunc(:filtration_end,'mi') - trunc(:filtration_start,'mi')

Will this give 6 minutes and 8 seconds.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37777815
no

for one, even if the calculation did preserve the seconds, the HH24:MI format in the TO_CHAR didn't change, and that's why you don't see the seconds.

second, truncation removes the seconds so the math is at the minute level only

third - just try it,  always test for yourself.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37777827
Do you want 6 minutes and 8 seconds?  In the other question you said you did not want seconds.

If you do just add seconds to the format:

select to_char(to_date('00:00:00','HH24:MI:SS')
+ (:filtration_end - :filtration_start), 'HH24:MI:SS');

If you do not want the seconds and want it rounded up then sdstuber's post will work.
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Author Comment

ID: 37777841
I want minutes and seconds
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Expert Comment

ID: 37777850
>>> I want minutes and seconds

then why did you ask for 7 minutes?

when you change the requirements like that -you completely invalidate previous effort and turn correct answers into wrong answers.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37777852
>>I want minutes and seconds

That is not what you asked for initially...

anyway:  http:#a37777827
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Author Comment

ID: 37778064
Its my mistake. it was gicing 00:06 So I said wanted 7 minutes.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37778112
I suggest continuing with this question as originally asked
and then opening a new question to include the seconds.

that way the original posts, which apply to the original question will still be valid,  and slightwv can repost in the other question with his suggestion for the new requirement
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 37778408
Will post another one for slightvw to answer
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