I don't know about finding foreign charactes, but you can look for hex strings using position:

select *
from file
where position(x'070707', field) != 0

It might also be interesting to note that x07 is the delete character and way back in the day (late '80s) I remember seeing lots of those being stored in text strings especially when we were getting ASCII date from some service bureau.

Coy Krill
Core Processing Administrator/Analyst
Washington Trust Bank

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From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: 2018 February 14 08:03
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Subject: How to recognize "foreign" characters
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Hi everyone
Before I forget - we are on V7r1

Our system receives orders that sometimes contains "foreign" characters - chines etc., Arabic Looking at the data in hexadecimal, it seems to be consistently 070707, but never in the same place or length Is there any way (via SQL) to look for these characters within the string?

Alan Shore
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