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There are multiple ways.
You may try something like this:
With x (Text) as (Values(Char('1', 10)),
(Char(' ', 10)),
(Char('12345', 10)),
(Char('99', 10)),
Char('350', 10),
(Char('00000', 10)))
Select Distinct Text, LPAD(Trim(Text), 10, '0') Sort
from x
Order By Sort;

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-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of James
H. H. Lampert via MIDRANGE-L
Sent: Mittwoch, 24. August 2022 19:44
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: James H. H. Lampert <jamesl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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
"1234 "
"1 "
" "
"29 "
"1 "
and so forth.

" "
"1 "
"1234 "
"29 "
because FOO is a character string field, when what I want is
"1 "
"29 "
"1234 "
(and I don't care whether the blank shows up first, last, or not at all.)

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