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Does rtrim remove whitespace other than spaces?

Posted on 2012-03-29
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This select yields the results below.  rtrim doesn't seem to trim the last character.  I'm wondering if rtrim removes spaces but not tabs or something.

select len(loginwindows) as loginlen, len(rtrim(loginwindows)) as loginlenrtrim, left(loginwindows, 8) as login8, loginwindows from general.employees where lastname = 'langley'

loginlen      loginlentrim    login8           loginwindows
9                9                      LL004838      LL004838 
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Question by:Barry Sweezey
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by:Scott Pletcher
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RTRIM/LTRIM remove only spaces.
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by:Barry Sweezey
ID: 37784222
How do I remove all whitespace?
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by:Scott Pletcher
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Easiest way to remove others is to use REPLACE ... but if you only want to replace trailing values it's quite a bit trickier.

To remove *all* tabs, carriage returns and line feeds, you can do this:

UPDATE
SET column = REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(column, CHAR(9), ''), CHAR(13), ''), CHAR(10), '')
WHERE
    column LIKE '%' + CHAR(9) + '%' OR
    column LIKE '%' + CHAR(13) + '%' OR
    column LIKE '%' + CHAR(10) + '%'
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by:Scott Pletcher
ID: 37784251
If you want to be really thorough, you could also check for CHAR(11) and CHAR(15), although the ones above are the most common in Windows.
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by:Barry Sweezey
ID: 37784392
Thanks for the quick response.

I ran the query below and received the message (0 row(s) affected).  The original query yields the sames results.  How can I identify the last character in the string?


UPDATE general.employees
SET LoginWindows = REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(LoginWindows, CHAR(9), ''), CHAR(10), ''), CHAR(11), ''), CHAR(13), ''), CHAR(15), '')
WHERE
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(9) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(10) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(10) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(13) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(15) + '%'
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by:Scott Pletcher
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SELECT
    DISTINCT
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1))
FROM general.employees
WHERE
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1)) < 32 OR
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1)) > 127
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by:Barry Sweezey
ID: 37784418
I corrected a line; no difference.

    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(10) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(11) + '%' OR
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Scott Pletcher earned 500 total points
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Re-post of query:

Try this query to identify the trailing char(s) :

SELECT
    DISTINCT
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1))
FROM general.employees
WHERE
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1)) < 32 OR
    ASCII(RIGHT(LoginWindows, 1)) > 127
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by:Barry Sweezey
ID: 37784979
Results:

(No column name)
160

So it's a Non-breaking space.

I updated the update query (below) and it worked.

UPDATE general.employees
SET LoginWindows = REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(LoginWindows, CHAR(9), ''), CHAR(10), ''), CHAR(11), ''), CHAR(13), ''), CHAR(15), ''), CHAR(160), '')
WHERE
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(9) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(10) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(11) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(13) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(15) + '%' OR
    LoginWindows LIKE '%' + char(160) + '%'
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by:Barry Sweezey
ID: 37784994
I appreciate ScottPletcher's hanging with me until the problem was solved.
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