There are multiple ways.
You may try something like this:
With x (Text) as (Values(Char('1', 10)),
(Char(' ', 10)),
Select Distinct Text, LPAD(Trim(Text), 10, '0') Sort
Order By Sort;
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From: MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of James
H. H. Lampert via MIDRANGE-L
Sent: Mittwoch, 24. August 2022 19:44
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Subject: Re: SQL to sort numbers stored as strings?
On 8/24/22 10:36 AM, Vern Hamberg via MIDRANGE-L wrote:
If by "numeric" value you mean the number without spaces, you can use
this in SQL with the replace function -
Thanks, Vern, but no, I mean the field contains values like
and so forth.
If I do something like "SELECT DISTINCT FOO FROM BAR ORDER BY FOO," I get
because FOO is a character string field, when what I want is
(and I don't care whether the blank shows up first, last, or not at all.)
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