filter only by one character

Posted on 2016-11-21
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Last Modified: 2016-11-30
Hi ,
I have data as below

john simpson

I want result like


Question by:sam2929
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Dave Ford earned 2000 total points
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So, are you trying to get only rows where the target column has only one character? ... or are you trying to get rows where the data in that column START with 'L' or 'P'?

 select someData                  
   from deleteMe            
  where length(trim(someData)) = 1

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by:Dave Ford
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I'm not really clear. What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish?
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For all columns with only one character -
select column from yourtable where length(column) = 1
For all columns starting with 'L' or 'P' -
select column from yourtable where substr(column,1,1) in ('L','P')
For all columns where the column value is 'L' or 'P'
select column from yourtable where length(column) = 1 and column in ('L','P')
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If you're only looking for one-character values in your column, then the trim function is unnecessary.

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