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Re: interesting problem and solution - NUMTOYMINTERVAL() function

From: Tim Hall <timhall1_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 12:36:06 -0700
Message-ID: <6043f3710708301236x2ac56cc7p56c15c5a6ba02f9f@mail.gmail.com>


The same thing happened here yesterday. I wasn't even aware that some of our former developers had used this function, in cases just like yours where ADD_MONTHS was perfectly appropriate (and a lot easier to read!). Oh well, it was a one-line fix and a good chance to exercise our emergency change request procedures ;)

This was on 9.2.0.6 and 9.2.0.8 by the way. The code in question didn't happen to be used on our 10g instances so we didn't find out if the bug existed there too.

Regards,
Tim Hall

On 8/30/07, Fedock, John (KAM.RIC) <John.Fedock_at_us.kline.com> wrote:
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> Had an interesting problem (and solution) to pass along.
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> When the day switched to **exactly** Aug 29, some of our EDI processing
> started to error off with "Oracle error ORA-01839: date not valid for month
> specified" errors.
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> Same thing happened in our test systems. I'll spare you the 5 hours it
> took to track down the issue, but the cause was some old code was using the
> oracle provided function NUMTOYMINTERVAL() to calculate 6 months in the
> past.
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> AUG 29, 2007 6 months, using this function produced FEB 29, 2007, which
> of course does not exist.
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> A simple *ADD_MONTHS*(*SYSDATE*, (-6)) fixed the problem.
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> *John Fedock*
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> "K" Line America, ISD Department
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