17.10 - Example: % and _ Characters - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantageā„¢ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
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July 2021
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Programming Reference
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English (United States)

This example uses the % and _ characters to select a list of employees with the letter A as the second letter in the last name. The length of the return string may be two or more characters.

   SELECT Name 
   FROM Employee 
   WHERE Name LIKE '_a%';

returns the result:

   Marston A 
   Watson L 
   Carter J

Replacing _a% with _a_ changes the search to a three-character string with the letter a as the second character. Because none of the names in the Employee table fit this description, the query returns no rows.

Both leading and trailing pad characters in a pattern are significant to the matching rules.