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Storing a column count into an id

Can someone tell me how to fix this query? Basically I just want to do a select count on a column and then to store the result in a number or integer. It seems pretty simple, but I am really tired right now, so some help would be appreciated.


SELECT COUNT ('CustomerId') INTO COUNTER FROM user_tables where table_name = 'Customers';

Here CustomerId is the column name. The query is not working as the result returned is zero.
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
By default Oracle stores object names in upper case.  You should NEVER alter that behaviour.

And surrounding the column name in single quotes makes it a string not an object name.

So to make what you posted syntax correct:
SELECT COUNT (*) INTO COUNTER FROM user_tables where table_name = 'CUSTOMERS';

That should return 1 if the table exists in the schema or 0 if it doesn't.

customer_id isn't a column in user_tables.

So is this what you want?

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