I would like to loop through the vertices in a SHAPE/GEOMETRY column in a user-defined data type (ESRI's version of ST_GEOMETRY). I've posted the details in a GIS SE post here: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/209894/update-sde-st-geometry-m-values-to-cumulative-distance-using-oracle-sql

I believe this would normally be done in a stored procedure (probably in conjunction with the sde.ST_GEOMETRY functions ST_NumPoints and ST_PointN) . However, I'm merely a data analyst, not a DBA, and do not have CREATE PROCEDURE permissions, so I can't make a stored procedure. Additionally, in my company/organization, a request for a procedure to be made would either be rejected or take years to be implemented.

So I'm wondering, as an alternative to creating a stored procedure, if I could loop through the vertices within an SQL update statement instead?

Oracle 12c (


You can put a pl/sql in an anonymous block. Something like this might help:

  v_vertices  your_user_defined_data_type;

  cursor your_cursor_c
    select vertices
    from   your_table
    where  your_column = 'A VALUE';

    open your_cursor_c;
      fetch your_cursor_c
      into  v_vertices;
      exit when your_cursor_c%notfound;


    end loop;

Also with 12c there is some inline procedure/function stuff that you can do. Not sure if it is necessary but here is a link: https://oracle-base.com/articles/12c/with-clause-enhancements-12cr1.

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    Essentially you can do almost anything with an anonymous PL/SQL block that you can do with a procedure or package. – Gandolf989 Sep 13 '16 at 19:28
  • @Nick Thanks again. I hate to be dramatic, but this has changed everything. – Wilson Nov 17 '16 at 0:28
  • Haha glad it helps! – Nick S Nov 17 '16 at 0:39
  • The link about declaring functions in the WITH clause is especially helpful. I can make functions without actually having the CREATE FUNCTION privilege. Which is awesome. All I have to do is replace the word CREATE with the word WITH. – Wilson Nov 23 '16 at 22:06
  • WITH clause video: Better PL/SQL From SQL – Wilson Feb 23 '17 at 14:07

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