select * from aa;


ID  FirstName   LastName    City
29  Abcrdrr     hai         chennai
67  adf         adsd        adsf
1   John        vinoth      CITY

I want to display the lastname column without last character. I am using following queries:

Declare @name as varchar(100);

select @name = city from aa
Select @name, left(@name, len(@name)-1) as AfterRemoveLastCharacter

But output will come first row only


"The first shall be last, and the last shall be first"

REVERSE(STUFF ( REVERSE(lastname), 1, 1, ''))
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  • Voting up for the comment alone. – John Eisbrener Jun 16 '14 at 14:36

Quick and dirty, probably good enough:

    ,CASE WHEN LEN(LEN(RTRIM(LastName)))>1 THEN LEFT(LastName,LEN(RTRIM(LastName))-1) ELSE '' END AS LastName
FROM [table]
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  • Suppose i run this query Last Name Column Display Empty values – Vinoth _S Jun 10 '14 at 6:57
  • Sorry This query working good. To Change (>1) into ( >=1) – Vinoth _S Jun 10 '14 at 7:08
  • @Vinoth_S, doing LEFT(field,0) throws an exception - which is 1-1 - so you'll want to consider that. – Mark Henderson Jun 10 '14 at 8:07

I found this can make more sense:

    left(txt, abs(len(txt + ',') - 2))

[SQL Fiddle Demo]

Provides these without any error:
* Last character removed for a normal string.
* Last character removed for a space ended string.
* Last character removed for a single space character string.
* Empty-string results in empty-string.
* null results in null
[SQL Fiddle Demo]

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