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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-5525) Precision for UPPER function is wrong if the returned value is longer than the literal argument
Date Fri, 09 Dec 2011 07:56:40 GMT

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Knut Anders Hatlen commented on DERBY-5525:

> What is the meaning of "precision" for character strings in the result set? (...) But
does this mean the actual column's length or the maximum length of the column type? If we
have a VARCHAR(n), I think "n" just as reasonable as LENGTH(<col>) here...

It couldn't be LENGTH(<col>), I think, since there might be many rows, and the ResultSetMetaData
is per ResultSet, not per row. The actual length of the value might be different in every

> If it were "n", I guess this issue would go away..

Not entirely. Since the returned value is "STRASSE" (7 characters), and the data type of the
returned value is VARCHAR(6), we'd either need to truncate the value, or change the returned
data type to VARCHAR(7). Otherwise, the value and the type would not be consistent.

> In any case, solving this just for the literal case isn't enough, I think.

Agreed. There might be a benefit of having special handling of the literal case, though. Not
only because constant folding would move work from execution time to compile time, but also
because the meta-data for expressions like "UPPER('abc')" would stay the same as before, even
if the fix for the general case would set the precision to the maximum length of the data

> What should happen if an UPPER(col) leads to column type overflow? The SQL standard says
"warning: truncation", cf. section 6.29 <string value function>, GR 6) g) ii).

Yes, that sounds reasonable.
> Precision for UPPER function is wrong if the returned value is longer than the literal
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-5525
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-5525
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Knut Anders Hatlen
> Seen in ij in a database with territory based collation and German locale:
> ij> VALUES UCASE('Straßenbahn');
> 1
> -----------
> 1 Zeile ausgewählt
> ==================================
> And with JDBC calls:
>     Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(
>             "jdbc:derby:memory:db;create=true;territory=de_DE;" +
>             "collation=TERRITORY_BASED");
>     Statement s = c.createStatement();
>     ResultSet rs = s.executeQuery("values upper('Straße')");
>     System.out.println(rs.getMetaData().getPrecision(1));
>     rs.next();
>     System.out.println(rs.getString(1));
> This prints
> 6
> The precision is wrong, since the returned value is 7 characters long.

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