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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002

    Question Using ROWID in a WHERE clause

    hi all,

    my team is trying to select a value from a table using the rowid as the selection criterion

    e.g. select column_name from table_name where rowid > 'AAA112BBBCCC12A'

    this query does not appear to return accurate results e.g. it return rows instead of two. my questions are:

    1. is this a legitimate approach?
    2. should we convert the row id to varchar2? if so how should this be done?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    shouldnt be using rowid at all like that. You can say rowid >, it just doesnt make sense

    stop using rowid altogether and use the columns you actually want to query on

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Colorado Springs
    What is the question that the SQL is supposed to answer? It is certainly returning accurate results, but your team is probably "asking the wrong question".
    David Aldridge,
    "The Oracle Sponge"

    Senior Manager, Business Intelligence Development
    XM Satellite Radio
    Washington, DC

    Oracle ACE

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2002
    You'll see lots of references to rowid, but hardly anything as to the specific value of rowid. Two common uses/places are:

    1) finding/deleting duplicates

    2) PL/SQL, where rowid is selected into a variable, and then the rowid is used in the where clause instead of matching column this to that several times over. Use of rowid in this manner is similar to using "where current of" in a cursor (where the cursor was created with "for update").

    In either situation, the actual value is never coded (no 'AAAAA...123').

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