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    ora-00911 - invalid character

    All,

    I am getting an error on this procedure.

    AS
    error_code VARCHAR2(10) := ' ';
    error_message VARCHAR2(2000) := ' ';
    insert_statement VARCHAR2(4000) := ' ';
    v_owner VARCHAR2(30) := ' ';
    v_table VARCHAR2(30) := ' ';
    v_comments VARCHAR2(4000) := ' ';



    CURSOR cur_in_data IS
    select t.schema_owner,
    t.table_name,
    t.table_comments
    from metadb_tables t
    where t.schema_owner = 'SOMETHING'
    and t.table_name like '%HDR%' -- note restriction for testing
    order by 1,2,3;


    BEGIN

    FOR each_record in cur_in_data
    LOOP
    EXIT WHEN cur_in_data%NOTFOUND;

    v_owner := each_record.schema_owner;
    v_table := each_record.table_name;
    v_comments := each_record.table_comments;

    insert_statement := ' ';
    insert_statement := 'COMMENT ON TABLE ' || v_owner || '.' || v_table
    || ' is ' || '''' ||v_comments|| '''' || ';';

    DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE (insert_statement);

    EXECUTE IMMEDIATE (insert_statement);
    COMMIT;

    END LOOP;

    EXCEPTION WHEN OTHERS THEN
    error_code := SQLCODE;
    error_message := SQLERRM;
    DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE (error_code || error_message);

    END procedure name;

    If I rem out the execute immediate it doesn't give the error, but obviously doesn't execute. I put in OUTPUT so you can see the line I am trying to execute. If i cut and past the line it works.

    SQL> set serveroutput on

    SQL> execute this_proc;

    COMMENT ON TABLE INC_HDR is 'Incidents Header Added this test data';

    -911ORA-00911: invalid character

    PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

    Thanks
    Katora

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    execute immediate is not a function, take out parenthesis like...

    EXECUTE IMMEDIATE insert_statement;
    Pablo (Paul) Berzukov

    Author of Understanding Database Administration available at amazon and other bookstores.

    Disclaimer: Advice is provided to the best of my knowledge but no implicit or explicit warranties are provided. Since the advisor explicitly encourages testing any and all suggestions on a test non-production environment advisor should not held liable or responsible for any actions taken based on the given advice.

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    PavB,

    I did and got the same error.

    SQL> execute this_proc;
    COMMENT ON TABLE INC_HDR is 'Incidents Header Added this test data';
    -911ORA-00911: invalid character

    PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

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    please do this... comment out whole EXCEPTION block so complete error message stack is shown.
    Pablo (Paul) Berzukov

    Author of Understanding Database Administration available at amazon and other bookstores.

    Disclaimer: Advice is provided to the best of my knowledge but no implicit or explicit warranties are provided. Since the advisor explicitly encourages testing any and all suggestions on a test non-production environment advisor should not held liable or responsible for any actions taken based on the given advice.

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    PavB,

    Line 39 is the execute immediate line.

    SQL> execute this_proc;
    COMMENT ON TABLE INC_HDR is 'Incidents Header Added this test data';
    BEGIN this_proc; END;

    *
    ERROR at line 1:
    ORA-00911: invalid character
    ORA-06512: at "THIS_PROC", line 39
    ORA-06512: at line 1

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    Why are you are using two different cursor constructs? A cursor for loop does not need the exit when not found statement. Self-inflicted code wound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAVB View Post
    execute immediate is not a function, take out parenthesis like...

    EXECUTE IMMEDIATE insert_statement;
    That is irrelevant.

    Code:
    SQL> create table test_tab (line number);
    
    Table created.
    
    SQL> declare
      2    v_stmt varchar2(80) := 'insert into test_tab values (1)';
      3  begin
      4    execute immediate v_stmt;
      5    execute immediate (v_stmt);
      6    commit;
      7  end;
      8  /
    
    PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.
    
    SQL> select * from test_tab;
    
          LINE
    ----------
             1
             1

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    Thanks, I figured it didn't matter, but got the same error anyway.

    So, this is mind boggling, why does this error occur?

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    What is mind boggling about "why are you using two different cursor constructs?"

    for rec in cur loop
    do whatever
    end loop

    Where do you see a check for notfound in cursor for loop syntax?

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    Stecal,

    Thanks I have taken that out. But, still the error.

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