ORA-01858: a non-numeric character was found where a numeric was expected
What causes this error?
How to fix it
If your session is set to default date format of DD-MON-YY, execute the following and you will receive the error message:
SQL> select to_date('10-JAN-2001', 'DD-MM-YYYY') from dual; ERROR: ORA-01858: a non-numeric character was found where a numeric was expected no rows selected
When you are converting a string to a date, you have specified that the date is being passed in DD-MM-YYYY format. But you have passed the date in DD-MON-YYYY format. As the month is expected as a number by Oracle, but you have passed a character, Oracle is unable to translate the string to a number.
Do one of the following:
SQL> select to_date('10-JAN-2001', 'DD-MON-YYYY') from dual 2 / TO_DATE('10 ----------- 10-JAN-2001
SQL> select to_date('10-01-2001', 'DD-MM-YYYY') from dual 2 / TO_DATE('10 ----------- 10-JAN-2001
When you are fetching strings from a table and converting them to dates, check the data in the table first before issuing the date format string. If the table contained strings, which are not date values and you tried to convert them to dates, then you would see this error being raised.
There is no predefined exception to handle this error. So you would have to create a user-defined error to handle it.