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Oracle 9i - Select part of a variable length string

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I am trying to select a value from the middle of a variable length string.  I think SUBSTR with INSTR will work but am having trouble with the syntax

in this example string:
'10058698.325 Fatal error reported: No Item <GMAFH - 60-90161> was found. File name /u02/......'

I want to return everything after 'reported:' and before 'File' so I return:
No Item <GMAFH - 60-90161> was found

I have figured out how to use INSTR to select the up to or after the words, but can figure out how two combine both.
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by:sdstuber
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SELECT SUBSTR(your_column, b, e - b)
  FROM (SELECT your_column, INSTR(your_column, 'reported:') + 9 b, INSTR(your_column, 'File') e
          FROM your_table)
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or directly...

SELECT SUBSTR(
           your_column,
           INSTR(your_column, 'reported:') + 9,
           INSTR(your_column, 'File') - (INSTR(your_column, 'reported:') + 9)
       )
  FROM your_table;

and, if the space after "reported: " shouldn't be included in the output, adjust the offsets


SELECT SUBSTR(
           your_column,
           INSTR(your_column, 'reported: ') + 10,
           INSTR(your_column, 'File') - (INSTR(your_column, 'reported: ') + 10)
       )
  FROM your_table;
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by:JDCam
ID: 40435881
thanks... working great
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