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case statement type logic in where clause that can return multiple values in a sub-select

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Oracle's inability to use a case statement in a where clause where more than a scalar, or single value, is returned is creating issues.

We have a set of reports that run, and overnight they are simple pre-defined values.  Ad-hoc, for the user, however, is much more complicated.

Evening runs take on 5 parameters in a stored procedure that stage out data.  All five parameters = "ALL", so it is the largest possible set of data.  We tried to reconstruct this overnight run for the users, letting them decide which of the 5 values they wanted to be ALL, and individual values as well.

When we tried implementing this in the procedure, we just used a case statement in the where clause and said:

WHERE LOCATION in CASE WHEN i_parm_loc = "ALL" (select locations from table) ELSE (i_parm_loc ) END
WHEN i_parm_loc = "ALL" AND i_parm_dist = "ALL" THEN (select district from table)
WHEN i_parm_loc != "ALL" AND i_parm_dist = "ALL" THEN ...(select multiples...
WHEN i_parm_loc != "ALL" AND i_parm_dist != "ALL" THEN ...(select multiples...
WHEN i_parm_loc = "ALL" AND i_parm_dist != "ALL" THEN...(select multiples...
ELSE (i_parm_dist )
four others here....

since CASE is a scalar return, we tried several ways of getting it to an array.

sys.dbms_debug_vc2coll(select multiples...)
sys.odcivarchar2list(select multiples...)

Nothing works.  We can run something simple in SQL like select sys.dbms_debug_vc2coll(1, 3, 5, 7) ct from dual and that works (12c EE), but the PL/SQL doesn't like it.

Just looking for a way for the ALL/Ad-hoc values to work and figured the CASE in the where clause was the answer.

So the user, in the end, can choose a single location value, ALL districts, single employee type, ALL markets, etc.

There HAS to be a better way than writing 10K lines of code with different queries using an IF statement to tell which one to execute?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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