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Deleting Characters from sql column

Posted on 2013-06-17
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Hi I need to do a script in which will take characters off of a string for example:

if i have 1234-56/protrac i need to keep the 1234-56 and just delete the /protrac. so how can I do a script in which will constantly just remove the last 8 characters???

Your help is much appreciated. I know how to make it take off the last characters like this:

update ssfields
set
Field1 = SUBSTRING(field1, 1, 7)


but i am unsure that it will always be a 7 character number. So I need something that will automatically remove the / and the characters after it.
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Simone B earned 500 total points
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You can use CHARINDEX to find the location of the first occurrence of the slash, then subtract one to get the length of the substring.

update ssfields
set
Field1 = SUBSTRING(field1, 1, CHARINDEX('/', field1)-1)
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Thank you so much!!! That is perfect!
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