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Posted on 2016-09-15
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I have a field that is set up as a number 13,4.
I need to format it so that it looks like the following: 9999999V99.

I was trying to use the following formula, but its not working:
to_char(emp.pro_rate_total),999999999)

Any suggestions on how I can get this?
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by:awking00
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Can you post some sample numbers from your number(13,4) field and what you would expect them to look like after you've formatted them?
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by:metalteck
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Here are some example:
33009.6
0
91936
40996.8
85009.6
37999.52
27768
86008
56.16
40809.6
50003.2
119995.2
47840
98342.4
94536
60008
54038.4
29993.6
78000
73507.2
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by:sdstuber
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to_char(emp.pro_rate_total,'fm9999999d99','NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS = ''V ''')

you didn't specify a grouping character so I made it a space (' ')
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by:awking00
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The examples are fine, but how do you each of them to appear after formatting? sdstuber has shown you how to replace the decimal point with the "V" and round to two decimals and that might be all you need.
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by:metalteck
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The expected result, regardless of the value is that each value needs to be 9 characters long without any leading 0s.
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by:sdstuber
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does that mean you want leading spaces or does that mean you want trailing zeros?

or does that mean something else?
if you supply only 56.16,  that's only 5 characters.

What and where do you want the other 4 characters to be?
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by:metalteck
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Yes, I would need leading spaces since it needs to be right justified.
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by:sdstuber
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so you want trailing zeroes for values like these?  If so, do you want it to always be 2 digits after the decimal? If not, please be specific.

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85009.6
86008

this really would be a faster process if you supplied both the input and the expected output
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by:metalteck
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Yes, I would like for 2 digits after the decimal.
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sdstuber earned 500 total points
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unfortunately, to_char leaves a space for a minus sign if the number is negative.
So, to_char ends up returning a string one character too long, so you need substr to get it exactly 9 long.
Removing a 9 from the format won't do it, because then longer numbers won't fit

This works for your sample data.

substr(to_char(emp.pro_rate_total,'999999d99','NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS = ''V '''),-9)

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you might want to try
SUBSTR(TO_CHAR(emp.pro_rate_total, '999990d99', 'NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS = ''V '''), -9)

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so your 0 value will have digit to the left of the V
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