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    Right Justify

    I am using the utl_file package to create a file. I have a variable

    v_amt char(200);

    I want to make an amount a character and then put it into the above field.

    v_amt := to_char(100);

    Now I want this amount to be right justified with 197 spaces in front of it. It is coming out as 100 with 197 spaces after it. Is there a function to right justify a string??

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    The simplest is probably:
    v_amt := lpad(to_char(100),200,' ');

    Perhaps this could work (I've no idea if there is a limit on the size of a format model):
    v_amt := to_char(100, '999 . . . 999');
    where there are 199 9's. See: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/help/oracle.../ch2.htm#34597

    Which begs the question - WHY?

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    Originally posted by DaPi
    Which begs the question - WHY?
    I've learned to not ask WHY? The answer is going to be something like "So it shows up on a report and the decimals line up" or "so it will sort in the right order"...
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    Originally posted by marist89
    The answer is going to be something like "So it shows up on a report ...
    This should guarantee that it doesn't show up on the report - the least sig digits being about 60 postions to right of the RH margin!

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    My IBM ruler goes from 1 to 132 - and as far as I'm concerned that is it!
    Last edited by DaPi; 01-06-2004 at 10:11 AM.

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