Try the following

SET field = REPEAT(' ', LENGTH(field) - LENGTH(RTRIM(field))) CONCAT

I can't test this out, but what I think it should do is repeat spaces for
the amount of spaces trimmed off of the right end of the field, then it
will concatenate the trimmed field to those spaces.

-Tom Stieger

On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM, Buzz Fenner <bfenner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

I have a character field in a large database file where some of the data is
_not_ right-justified, and needs to be.

I was hoping to do something like this:

Update library.file

Set field=Rtrim(field)

Where field>'' and substr(field,x,x)=' ' (i.e. last rightmost character is

The statement executes (running as an SQL script in Navigator for i) but
data is not altered. Is this an improper application of the function?


Buzz Fenner

Business Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator

City Water & Light

870.930.3374 | 870.219.5229


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