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How do i use an SQL select query to return a result using a small part of the data

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I need an SQL select query which gives me results when i enter a few characters from a value

For e.g.

SELECT    * from Table
WHERE      column like Like 'ABC%'
order by XYZ;

Here the value 'ABC' is just a small part of the value and i want to this query to return the results which contain the value 'ABC' in it. For example -- ABC can be present in the server hostname

Hope this helps.
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Question by:Kailash Kapal
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You have the answer in your question. Did i miss something or do you want ABC  ANYWHERE in the column?
If so then just use  LIKE '%ABC%'
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by:Kailash Kapal
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Thanks Neilsr ..that worked to some extent ...Now i have one more query if you can assist ....

If in case, i want multiple hostnames to be present in the query, can i use  -- Like '%ABC%, %DEF%' --  something like that...
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SELECT    * from Table
WHERE      column like Like '%ABC%'
OR
column like Like '%DEF%'
OR
column like Like '%LMN%'
order by XYZ;
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by:Kailash Kapal
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Thanks again ... can't we have multiple values OR input the values via text file

For e.g.  for having multiple values ..i meant to have -- column like '%ABC%','%DEF%'  -- Let me know if it is possible

For inputting the values via text file/ csv file  as we do in powershell or any script
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Of course, you could even do the SQL query from Powershell.

Here is a very good use of using a temporary table to do your Multiple Likes.....

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1387612/how-can-i-introduce-multiple-conditions-in-like-operator

About halfway down see the answer headed "This is a good use of a temporary table."
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