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maddyslayer
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  12:53:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a column called 'name' in table 'persons'. How do I remove the spaces at the end? I tried rtrim, but it doesn't work.

maddyslayer
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  12:54:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried,

UPDATE persons
SET name = RTRIM(name)

But it didn't work.
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djj55
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USA
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  13:59:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is the column CHAR or VARCHAR?

djj
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maddyslayer
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  14:27:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the column is varchar
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ScottPletcher
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USA
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  14:44:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Then they're not actually spaces. They're like a CR (char(10)) or LF (char(13)) or Tab (char(9)) or some other non-space but non-printable character.


UPDATE persons
SET name = RTRIM(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(name, CHAR(9), ''), CHAR(10), ''), CHAR(13), ''))


Edited by - ScottPletcher on 05/15/2013 14:45:31
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maddyslayer
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  15:08:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is the select statement to get the list of names that are like that?
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ScottPletcher
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USA
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Posted - 05/16/2013 :  12:23:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry, my bad, I mistakenly left that part off:


UPDATE persons
SET name = RTRIM(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(name, CHAR(9), ''), CHAR(10), ''), CHAR(13), ''))
WHERE
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(09) + '%' OR --tab
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(10) + '%' OR --lf
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(13) + '%' --cr


SELECT *
FROM persons
WHERE
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(09) + '%' OR --tab
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(10) + '%' OR --lf
name LIKE '%' + CHAR(13) + '%' --cr
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Bustaz Kool
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Posted - 05/16/2013 :  12:31:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
select name
from persons
where right(name, 1) in (char(9), char(10), char(13))

There might be other non-printable characters in addition to TAB, CR and LF. You would need to expand the elements of the IN list. Alternately, instead of looking for a non-printable character, you could look for a character which not a printable character
select name
from persons
where right(name, 1) not like '[a-zA-Z0-9,./!@#$%^&*()_+-={}\|;:"'']'


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