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Posted on 2013-05-30
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Good Day Experts!

I am having what seems to be a very straightforward issue but I cannot figure it out!

I am getting results as expected from this Select statement...about 35000 records with [Audit Reason 3] values being NULL:

Select
     [Audit Reason 3],*
from
     [Processing Table]
Where
    [Process Week] > '5/1/2013'

I have added to this to only include records where [Audit Reason 3] <> 'Import History'. So I have this Select statement:

Select
     [Audit Reason 3],*
from
     [Processing Table]
Where
    [Process Week] > '5/1/2013' and [Audit Reason 3] <> 'Import History'

NOW, I get no records!  I can't figure out why [Audit Reason 3] <> 'Import History' is now causing no records to show.

Can you help?

Thanks,
jimbo99999
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Expert Comment

by:ralmada
ID: 39207951
maybe some trailing spaces?

rtrim([Audit Reason 3]) <> 'Import History'

or using like

[Audit Reason 3] not like 'Import History%'
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by:Ross Turner
Ross Turner earned 50 total points
ID: 39207953
Hi Jimbo

[Process Week]  is this a datetime datatype ?

anyway try this

SELECT [Audit Reason 3],*
FROM [Processing Table]
WHERE [Process Week] > '20130105'
AND [Audit Reason 3] not like 'Import History'

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by:Philip Pinnell
Philip Pinnell earned 50 total points
ID: 39207957
Try

SELECT [Audit Reason 3],*
FROM [Processing Table]
WHERE [Process Week] > '20130105'
AND isnull([Audit Reason 3],'') not like '%Import History%'
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by:Jimbo99999
ID: 39207973
I just checked and the DataType is varchar.  I will try the trailing spaces idea...thanks, I did not even think down that road.
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by:Jimbo99999
ID: 39208129
I tried the following and received no records returned:

rtrim([Audit Reason 3]) <> 'Import History'
[Audit Reason 3] not like 'Import History%'
[Audit Reason 3] not like 'Import History'

I tried the following and it worked:

isnull([Audit Reason 3],'') not like '%Import History%'

Ok, problem is I do not understand why it worked and the others didn't!  I mean NULL is <> 'Import History' so I guess that is where I am confused.

jimbo99999
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ralmada earned 400 total points
ID: 39208147
Ok, In that case I would use the following, as this will improve performance:

.... AND ([Audit Reason 3] is null or [Audit Reason 3] not like 'Import History%')

This will help you understand why it didn't work:

http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/markc/archive/2009/06/08/60929.aspx
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Expert Comment

by:ralmada
ID: 39208177
And now that I'm thinking, I guess you don't even have a trailing spaces problem. So I would just do

Select
     [Audit Reason 3],*
from
     [Processing Table]
Where
    [Process Week] > '5/1/2013' and ([Audit Reason 3] <> 'Import History' or [Audit Reason 3] is null)
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Author Closing Comment

by:Jimbo99999
ID: 39208437
Thank you all for your repsonses. I have archived all for future reference.

Have a good day,
jimbo99999
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by:Philip Pinnell
ID: 39210014
Thanks
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