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Message Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 @ 15:48:24 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Comparing blanks and Nulls
From:   Anomy Anom

<-- Anonymously Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 09:45 -->

You say "blank (non-null, non-spaces)" but there is no such thing. Teradata trims trailing spaces from VARCHAR fields and pads CHAR fields with trailing spaces. So there's effectively no difference between an "empty string" and a string containing only spaces.

You can certainly use a CASE statement to "translate" fields WHEN col1='' or CHARACTERS(col1)=0 or CHARACTERS(TRIM(col1))=0 or col1 IS NULL or whatever makes sense for your application.

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