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Subj:   Format statement and floating point numbers
 
From:   Michael McBride

Can anyone give me an idea how to solve this problem: I need to output character string as a right justified number zero filled from the left in a fixed length of 20 bytes. All the values will be 20 digits or less. I thought I had the answer, but BTEQ and Fast Export won't let me put a floating zero fill format statement longer than 18 digits (see output examples Q1 and Q2 below). Is there a parameter I can set that allows formatting strings longer than 18 digits? The final output has to fixed length 20 digits!!!

Q1:
SELECT
sth_employee_id (FLOAT,FORMAT'9(18)')
FROM aeo_devlworkdb.flat_tlog
WHERE sth_employee_nbr is not null ;

 *** Query completed. 4907 rows found. One column returned.
 *** Total elapsed time was 1 second.

   STH_Employee_ID
------------------
000000000511903605

Q2:
SELECT
sth_employee_id (FLOAT,FORMAT'9(19)')
FROM aeo_devlworkdb.flat_tlog
WHERE sth_employee_nbr is not null ;
SELECT
sth_employee_id (FLOAT,FORMAT'9(19)')
FROM aeo_devlworkdb.flat_tlog
WHERE sth_employee_nbr is not null ;
 *** Failure 2621 Bad character in format or data of
FLAT_TLOG.STH_Employee_
ID.
                Statement# 1, Info =0
 *** Total elapsed time was 1 second.

Michael E. McBride
Teradata Database Administrator
Teradata Certified Master
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