I too have had this happen - a lot - on pieced together fields. I have
taken to using something like;

Char(substr(field1,1,5) || substr(field2,5,10) , 15)

That tells SQL that the result should be character with fixed length of 15



On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 1:49 PM, Aaron Abreu <abreual@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have been substring data from pieces of
fields and outputting the fields to a physical file
created new by the sql run

I keep getting 2 extra positions of "non-diplayable"
data in front of any field I "built", but not in front
of a whole field that already existed,

this causes the desired record lenth to be off
by multiples of 2 (for each occurrance of a substr'd field)

How do I get around those control bytes so they do
NOT add to my record length.

thanks in advance for your help.

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