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Unexpected data returned when using the TO_CHAR function

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Gurus,

I'm getting unexpected data returned when using the TO_CHAR function.

Statement:
select distinct
  TO_CHAR(SPECIAL_CHAR('$'||PRSPRSC/100,'fm99999.00'))
 from PRS,ART
      where prsartkeyi = artkeyi and artanrc = 23901;

Result: $.5
Expected Result $0.50

How do I fix this?
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Question by:xbox360dp
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by:sdstuber
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what does your SPECIAL_CHAR function do?
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I don't have your tables, data or function,
but to illustrate how TO_CHAR can be used for format a value into monetary form

SELECT DISTINCT TO_CHAR((prsprsc / 100), 'fm$99999.00')
  FROM (select 50 prsprsc from dual)
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 1000 total points
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One tweak to the above example to add the 0 to the left of the decimal:
'fm$99990.00'

I'm guessing that it is  SPECIAL_CHAR that is messing with your format mask.
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