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Error handling in PL\SQL [message #199319] Mon, 23 October 2006 08:46 Go to next message
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Registered: October 2006
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I would like to know if there is a way to catch and handle exceptions in pl\sql, so that the exception thrown by RAISE_APPLICATION_ERROR is the only exception in the error stack.

For example, if I create a new procedure:
curr_sal NUMBER; 
SELECT sal INTO curr_sal FROM emp WHERE empno = emp_id; 

IF curr_sal IS NULL THEN 
raise_application_error(-20101,'Salary is missing'); 
UPDATE emp SET sal = curr_sal + amount WHERE empno = emp_id; 
END raise_salary; 

Procedure created;

Then I execute this procedure on an employee with a NULL salary:

EXEC raise_salary(7900,1000);

I now get the following error stack:
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-20101: Salary is missing
ORA-06512: at "USERNAME.RAISE_SALARY", line 7
ORA-06512: at line 1

So I would like to know if there is any way to receive an error stack the contains only 1 line:
ORA-20101: Salary is missing

Re: Error handling in PL\SQL [message #199338 is a reply to message #199319] Mon, 23 October 2006 12:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
andrew again
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Registered: March 2000
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You can isolate the message and pass it out as a parameter or function return value but I wouldn't recommend that becuase PL/SQL won't propogate it up the calling stack.
Re: Error handling in PL\SQL [message #199339 is a reply to message #199319] Mon, 23 October 2006 12:08 Go to previous message
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Registered: June 2005
Location: Croatia, Europe
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Your procedure will raise '20101' exception only if the employee exists in the table, but his salary is NULL. You miss (in my opinion) handler of the NO-DATA-FOUND exception. It will be raised whenever you pass, as an argument, ID of the employee that doesn't exist in the table.

However, you'll always get the whole error stack. I can't offer much (as I don't know the answer to your question), but there is an inappropriate way to "shorten" it using the DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE instead of RAISE_APPLICATION_ERROR. This will work in SQL*Plus, for example, but is - once again - NOT appropriate way to handle exceptions.
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