Why ltrim rtrim wont remove white space in select ltrim(rtrim('ABCDG '))?

SQL Server 2008
neehar gollapudiAsked:
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Vaibhav GoelMSBI , SQL ConsultantCommented:
Hello Neehar

I tired the same select ltrim(rtrim('ABCDG '))

it is working for me.

Do you have this data in this table. You can for other things like if there is a tab character or enter.

PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
try this:

select ascii(right(columnX,1))
from (
    selct columnX from tableY where columnX like 'ABCDG%'
    ) d

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It probably isn't a whitespace character that RTRIM deals with

once you know what the char number is, use REPLACE(columnX, CHAR(???), '')
Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
You might have 'special' characters hidden in there.

declare @vchar varchar(6) = ' ABCD '
declare @schar varchar(6) = 'ABCD' + char(10)

select @vchar,len(rtrim(ltrim(@vchar)))
select @schar,len(rtrim(ltrim(@schar)))

select patindex('%[^'+char(32)+'-'+char(126)+']%',@schar collate SQL_Latin1_General_CP850_Bin)  

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Can explain the above in more detail....

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Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
@paul - snap - same thoughts :)
PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
@mark - ditto - cheers!  (in between watching Ashes test)
Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
@paul, but it is lunch break now :)  (great minds think alike ? )
awking00Information Technology SpecialistCommented:
Just an observation - another good example of sql server needing to develop full regex functionality. POSIX [:space:] covers all white space i.e. space, line feed, carriage return, form feed, horizontal tab, and vertical tab) and could easily be us in a single replace statement. As it is, the following series of replaces should do the trick -
select replace(replace(replace(replace(replace(replace(string,char(9),''),char(10),''),char(11),''),char(12),''),char(13),''),char(32),'')
neehar gollapudiAuthor Commented:
thank you it was the carriage return.
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