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Referencing a VARRAY within a VARRAY

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I have a function where I want to create a VARRAY that is a collection of VARRAYs, and Oracle lets me define that. However, I can't figure out how to reference it to get to the values.

Here is the (pared-down) PL/SQL pseudo code. I have a variable that is a straight varray (gv_self), which I am able to use with a simple integer to reference the element I want to fetch. But what is the syntax when I need to access an element of a varray that itself is an element of a varray (gv_base)? I can't find any documentation or code examples that illustrate this:

CREATE FUNCTION f_func(parm_c_factor NUMBER)
RETURN VARCHAR2 IS
   xref_desc   VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE reverses_vv IS VARRAY(2) OF VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE line_vr IS VARRAY(2) OF reverses_vv;
   gv_self     reverses_vv := reverses_vv('A', 'B');
   gv_base   line_vr := line_vr(reverses_vv('C', 'D'), reverses_vv('E', 'F'));
BEGIN
   CASE
      WHEN x THEN
            xref_desc   := gv_self(parm_c_factor + 1);
      WHEN y THEN
            xref_desc   := gv_base(??);
   END CASE;
   RETURN xref_desc;
END;
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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Interesting question.

Worst case, create a temp instance of  reverses_v then reference the individual member.

You would think there has to be a way without the tmp one.  I'll keep working on it but here is the TMP example (I moved from a function to an anonymous pl/sql block for ease):
declare
   xref_desc   VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE reverses_vv IS VARRAY(2) OF VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE line_vr IS VARRAY(2) OF reverses_vv;
   gv_self     reverses_vv := reverses_vv('A', 'B');
   gv_base   line_vr := line_vr(reverses_vv('C', 'D'), reverses_vv('E', 'F'));
   gv_tmp     reverses_vv;
BEGIN
	gv_tmp := gv_base(2);
        dbms_output.put_line(gv_tmp(2));
END; 
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Well that's a possible work-around I'd not thought of. Thanks for the idea so far.
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I apologize for not getting back to this.  It was one of those days.  I have not forgotten this.

I'll try to get a little time later this evening or first thing tomorrow.
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 500 total points
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Not sure why I didn't try this last night.

It seems to be just like any other two-dimensional array: (parent_offset)(child_offset)

declare
   xref_desc   VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE reverses_vv IS VARRAY(2) OF VARCHAR2(30);
   TYPE line_vr IS VARRAY(2) OF reverses_vv;
   gv_self     reverses_vv := reverses_vv('A', 'B');
   gv_base   line_vr := line_vr(reverses_vv('C', 'D'), reverses_vv('E', 'F'));
   gv_tmp     reverses_vv;
BEGIN
        --get the C
        dbms_output.put_line(gv_base(1)(1));

        --get the D
        dbms_output.put_line(gv_base(1)(2));

        --get the F
        dbms_output.put_line(gv_base(2)(2));
END; 
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It works! Wow, I can't believe I didn't try that. Or maybe I did and had something else wrong. Anyway, thank you so much for spending your time on this!
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Glad to help!
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