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RE: Numeric comparison in DECODE statement

From: Jamadagni, Rajendra <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 07:33:25 -0800
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How about

select to_char(floor(my_col_in_minutes/60), '990') || ':' || to_char(mod(my_col_in_minutes, 60)) "HH:MI" from dual

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-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 11:08 AM
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I was wondering if anyone might have tried this before, because I can't seem to get it to work. I'd like to be able to determine which unit of measure to concatenate to a value by using a decode statement in the query. I have a column in the database that stores time in minutes, and I'd like to be able to show the output in minutes if the value is less than 60, but in hours (such as 3.27 hours) if the value is greater than 60. So far I've tried the following statement, but it seems to be blowing up on the first comparison operator:

SELECT decode(in_value, to_char(to_number(in_value) <= to_number('60')), to_char(in_value)||' minutes', to_char(to_number(in_value) > to_number('60')), to_char(in_value/60, '9.99')||' hours')   FROM dual

I'm selecting from dual just until I can get the query working at all. Is what I'm trying to do even possible? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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