How did you define "field"? If it is NOT varchar (or DDS Varying), then the trim will be ineffective, due to the fixed length default behavior of padding blanks.
If you are intending to introduce "leading blanks" so that your data fills a fixed length, with text aligned on the right, then you must get more clever...
Set field= right(field, int(length(field) - length(rtrim(field))) concat rtrim(field)
Where field>'' and right(field,1)=' ' (i.e. last rightmost character is blank)
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Buzz Fenner
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 11:33 AM
Subject: SQL RTRIM function
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:
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 the
data is not altered. Is this an improper application of the function?
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