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From Kristian Waagan <Kristian.Waa...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: DatabaseMetaData.searchStringEscape
Date Tue, 07 Aug 2007 09:13:32 GMT
Geoff hendrey wrote:
> On the advice I got back from my last email, I tried to use getIdentfierQuoteString (which
returns ").
> So I tried escaping the undescore like this:
> m.getColumns(null, null, tableName,  "%\"_\"XXX"); //find columns ending in _XXX
> but that doesn't work, nor does is really seem to make any sense. I really need the searchEscapeString.
Without it, how can anyone use getColumns? It's *very* common for table names to have an underscore,
but unless I can escape the underscore, it will be treated as a wildcard for any single character.
> I must be missing something.

Hello Geoff,

Actually, I don't think there is any support for using an escape 
character in the metadata calls. DatabaseMetaData.getSearchStringEscape 
will always return the empty string, and the queries used do not have an 

I quickly hacked the code by adding the ESCAPE-clause, and then I were 
able to make it work by using "%\\_%" as the pattern. By specifying 
another character, you can get away with things like "%#_%". A comment 
in the code suggests that Derby does not have a default escape 
character, but I don't know anything about that.

Unless there already is a Jira for this, maybe you could add a request 
for it?
Adding the functionality is easy, but I have not considered any update 
issues and how to change or "disable" the escape character if that is 

A workaround would be to get a set of columns with getColumns, then do 
the filtering you can't do in the database because of the escape 
problems in your application code...


> -geoff

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