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What does it mean? ORA-06502: PL/SQL: numeric or value error: character string buffer too small

Q 1: Whenever an Oracle SP wants to return error code/message, it fails returning below exeption: OLE DB provider "OraOLEDB.Oracle" for linked server "ORASRV" returned message "ORA-06502: PL/SQL: ...
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Performance implications of mixing VARCHAR and CHAR fields in MySQL Table

I read the following answers in this forum: What is the performance impact of using CHAR vs VARCHAR on a fixed-size field? MySQL: Does the order of the fields in a table make a difference in ...
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Get complete value of varchar(max) field - SQL Server 2005

I have searched for a couple of hours but cannot find the exact solution for this. In my SQL Server 2005 database table (tableA) there is a varchar(max) column. I want to get complete value of that ...
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Varchar indexing

I am very rusty with MySQL and I'd like some advice. I have several software tools that are deployed throughout the company and I am writing a DLL to keep track of the usage, errors and stuff of some ...
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MySQL 'copying to tmp table' while enlarging VARCHAR

One user called today because he has tried to enlarge a VARCHAR column (from 20 to 100) in a slightly large table resulting in a write-locked table. I watched PROCESSLIST and saw that ALTER TABLE ...
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Converting a VARCHAR to VARBINARY

I've been keeping a log of expensive running queries, along with their query plans, in a table to allow us to monitor trends in performance and identify areas that need optimising. However, it's come ...
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Getting Visual Studio to deploy a UDF to Return NVARCHAR(MAX)

I have a SQLCLR stored procedure with the following signature in Visual Studio 2013: [SqlFunction(DataAccess = DataAccessKind.Read, SystemDataAccess = SystemDataAccessKind.Read)] public static ...
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Remove single quotes from db2 column name

I have following query which i am trying to execute against db2 database server SELECT REPLACE('\'abc\'','\'','') FROM TN_DAY_PROCESS I am expecting the output like abc without single quotes from ...
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Why is this query slow, it seems simple

I have a very typical table of user information for my application, with an average set of columns (ints, varchars, etc). In this table are two varchar(100) fields: emailAddress and emailAddress2. ...
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What is a storage need for MySQL index on Varchar(100) in InnoDB?

I have a InnoDB table, which has EMail column (VARCHAR(100)), now I will run script which will hash some of that email addresses. I am wondering, if there is a difference in data storage (for example ...
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Should I replace my varchar primary key with an integer primary key?

I have a table that has a varchar primary key that's associated with "Base Product Codes". They rarely change, and if they do, it's usually just being deleted or added. I figured it would be better ...
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Indexing varchar column to search for first letter

I'm trying to optimize a legacy web-app where users can ask for a list of all records whose name starts with a given character. The query to optimize is: SELECT oggetto.id_oggetto, titolo, anno, ...
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char vs varchar in mysql

I was reading the book MySQL high performance, it has mentioned that : CHAR is also better than VARCHAR for data that’s changed frequently, because a fixed-length row is not prone to ...
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Implicitly (or proxy) convert to Nvarchar on incoming queries from legacy or 3rd party applications

We have a 3rd party application of which we don't have the source code. This application executes queries on our database without using the "N" prefix before literal strings. It does this in inserts ...
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Do certain string patterns affect query performance on a VARCHAR column?

I am a beginner on MySQL Administration and performance problems. Now this is confusing me. I have a VARCHAR column identity, the string in it is consisted of a Class type and an id, like note:123, ...
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Varchar index - will hashing value make it faster?

I have a VARCHAR(1000) column in a table. It will contain strings that will not be guaranteed to be unique. I have a query that searches this column as part of a WHERE IN clause, the list of values in ...
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VARCHAR, InnoDB MySQL, is inline allocated space variable or fixed?

For a log table, I have a custom message column. It will never be updated. It will be searched with LIKE conditions. It will be capped at 1KB. TEXT fields are slower than VARCHAR fields for ...
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Changing TEXT to VARCHAR

In a MySQL database (InnoDB) we have a table containing roughly 60.000.000 rows. One of the columns is of type text. Currently the longest entry has length 360 (found using SELECT MAX(LENGTH(value)) ...
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Write differences between varchar and nvarchar

Currently in our SQL Server 2012 database, we're using varchar, and we'd like to change that nvarchar. I've generated a script to do that. My question is are there any differences in how SQL Server ...
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Possible INDEX on a VARCHAR field in MySql

I am working in a MySql database, with a table like this: +--------------+ | table_name | +--------------+ | myField | +--------------+ ...and I need to make a lot of queries like this (with ...
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Unexpected Unique Constraint Violation

Given the following CREATE TABLE statement: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Unit] ( [id] SMALLINT NOT NULL IDENTITY(1,1), [name] VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT ...
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Will one nvarchar column affect query performance?

I have one column that I recently converted to nvarchar(100) to store Asian characters. The other columns in this table, and the other tables in the same database, use varchar, int, bit and datetime. ...
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MySQL Indexing VarChar

I am trying to index my blogentries database for better performance but found an issue. Here is the structure: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `blogentries` ( `id_id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, ...
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MySQL varchar(255) limitation & Anomaly

I have defined a column in my MySQL database as : ALTER TABLE `my_table` CHANGE `desc` `desc` VARCHAR( 255 ) CHARACTER SET latin1 COLLATE latin1_swedish_ci NOT NULL However, when I enter text ...
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How to change the display of an empty string in mysql command line tool?

I'm maintaining a database with InnoDB tables. These tables have some columns of type (from show create table): `val0` varchar(30) default NULL, `val1` varchar(30) default NULL, etc... From the ...
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Efficient way of changing VARCHAR to NVARCHAR fields in a large table in SQL Server 2008?

I am aware of when adding new fields to large tables, it is recommended to add them to the end of the fields rather than somewhere in the middle, and wondering if something like this applies when ...
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Should I add an arbitrary length limit to VARCHAR columns?

According to PostgreSQL's docs, there's no performance difference between VARCHAR, VARCHAR(n) and TEXT. Should I add an arbitrary length limit to a name or address column?
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Varchar(Max) field cutting off data after 8000 characters SQL Server 2008

I have a field to store some data, the field is declared as varchar(Max). To my understanding this should be storing 2^31 - 1 characters but when I enter some content over 8000 chars it cuts the rest ...
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varchar performance impact

This question has been asked before ( speed impact of using varchar in MSSQL 2008 ), but the answers are not detailed enough to my satisfaction. Admitedly this is not a current issue and mainly for ...
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SQL Server 2008 Change length of varchar on live prod table

I have a MS SQL Server 2008 R2 DB server currently in use with a production app. A new enhancement to the app now requires a varchar(100) column in a table to be increased in length. Can the ...
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Storing NULL Values in large VARCHAR fields

I have a table that represents a "note". This note has things like a title and various other meta data. However, I'm trying to figure out the best practice for storing the contents of the note. ...
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Oracle SQL count occurances of character in VARCHAR

Is is possible to count the number of occurrences of a character in a VARCHAR in oracle? Something that would allow me to determine '11001110' has 5 ones?
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MySQL text field without quote

I've just run into something strange. The base_id is a varchar(255). When I do a SELECT without quote, it scans the whole table: mysql> EXPLAIN SELECT sid FROM rf_fo.scald_atoms WHERE base_id = ...
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SQL Server VARCHAR Column Width

Searching around the web, I have found conflicting advice on whether there is a performance impact when specifying overly-wide VARCHAR columns, e.g. VARCHAR(255) when VARCHAR(30) will probably do. I ...
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Rows with a variable number of columns?

I'm trying to design a database for a program that is storing and manipulating tweets off of Twitter. I'm using code to fragment a tweet into words, usernames, and hashtags, so I'm meeting ...
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String Pooling for MySQL

So I'm having this table that logs all errors happened in our production code. It looks like this: id | date | type | message | file | line ...
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Does an Oracle nvarchar2 take twice as much space as varchar2?

Regarding point 4 of this question (which is in reference to MS SQL Server): VARCHAR does not store Unicode characters. NVARCHAR does store Unicode characters. Today's applications should ...
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Why is Row Overflow not working on SQL Server 2005

I have a SQL Server 2005 database with a table that has around 860 columns. Aside from the ID column all other columns are varchar(N) where N is either 100 or 500. Upon inserting a new row (via an ...
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Is there any point in undersizing VARCHAR columns?

Googling around there seems to be mixed reports whether the size of a VARCHAR2 column in Oracle impacts performance or not. I would like to give the question of VARCHAR size a little twist and hope ...
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What are the consequences of setting varchar(8000)?

Since varchar takes disk space proportional to the size of the field, is there any reason why we shouldn't always define varchar as the maximum, e.g. varchar(8000) on SQL Server? On create table, if ...
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What is the performance impact of using CHAR vs VARCHAR on a fixed-size field?

I have an indexed column that stores an MD5 hash. Thus, the column will always store a 32-character value. For whatever reason, this was created as a varchar rather than a char. Is it worth the ...
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How much will using a varchar(15) PK affect my tables performance?

I am parsing log file lines from a legacy, proprietary application into a nice easy to query DB. The log lines have no unique integer ID. They do have a UNIX timestamp as an 8 character hex string. ...
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Which problems arise, declaring the size of all varchar parameters as max in stored proc?

Looking at this question, it seems, that other sites too have the problem of increasing column sizes in the process of time. Increasing just the size of a column in a table is a rather simple task. ...
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Performance implications of MySQL VARCHAR sizes

Is there a performance difference in MySQL between varchar sizes? For example, varchar(25) and varchar(64000). If not, is there a reason not to declare all varchars with the max size just to ensure ...