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How to delete a space and the string after space, in a entire column ?

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Helo, could you help me with the next issue?

I need delete a first space and the string after their space, in a entire column

Example with just a row:

select pointname
from from_ap
where pointname like 'AER_4L_SA6____I%';

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say:
AER_4L_SA6____I Corriente Sal.06 33kV

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I want:
AER_4L_SA6____I

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It is possible to do using SUBSTR, INSTR or regular expressions, in every column 'pointname'?

Thank in advanced!
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Question by:carlino70
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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You can do it with regular expressions but they are expensive.

Given something this simple I would go with:
substr(pointname,1,instr(pointname,' ')-1)
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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If you are interested, here is the regex version:
regexp_substr(pointname,'^[^ ]*')
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if you use the substr/instr method, you have to be sure there really is a space if so, then the first post will work.

if the string might not have a space in it and you'd like to return the entire string then either use the regexp_substr method  or


case when instr(pointname,' ') = 0 then pointname else substr(pointname,1,instr(pointname,' ')-1)  end

or slightly smaller syntax using decode

decode(instr(pointname,' ') ,0, pointname, substr(pointname,1,instr(pointname,' ')-1) )
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by:carlino70
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It works.

Thanks to both!
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