Determining which rows have characters outside of the standard ASCII (0-127)

From: Bobak, Mark <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 07:55:44 -0500
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Hi all,

I'm trying to (efficiently) determine which rows have column values with characters outside of the range of 0-127.

My first attempt was something like this:

select doc_id,doc_authors from documents where regexp_instr(doc_authors,'[0x80-0xFF]') > 0;

But, that seems to select every row in the documents table, not just the ones containing characters with values in the range 128-255.

Looking at one of the rows returned from the query above, with dump(doc_authors) confirms that rows being returned don't have characters in the range 128-255.

This is a Unicode database, so, I also tried:

select doc_id,doc_authors from documents where regexp_instr(doc_authors,'[0c0080-0cFFFF]') > 0;

but, again, this seems to return every row.

So, can someone offer me a clue here?

Honestly, this is the first time I've tried using any of Oracle's REGEXP functions.

I'm sure I'm just doing something stupid, but I don't have a clue what it is, and the examples I've run across in the manuals and on the web, don't have anything similar to what I'm trying to do.



-- Received on Tue Nov 09 2010 - 06:55:44 CST

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