Argument Types and Rules

Teradata Database SQL Functions, Operators, Expressions, and Predicates

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Expressions passed to this function must have the following data types:

  • source_string = CHAR, VARCHAR, CLOB
  • regexp_string = CHAR, VARCHAR
  • match_arg = VARCHAR
The source_string maximum size is:
  • For parameters that are Latin CHAR or VARCHAR, the maximum source size is 32000 bytes.
  • For parameters that are Unicode CHAR or VARCHAR, the maximum source size is 64000 bytes.
  • For parameters that are Latin or Unicode CLOBs, the maximum source size is 16 MB.
The regexp_string maximum pattern string size is:
  • For parameters that are Latin CHAR or VARCHAR, the maximum regexp_string size is 32000 bytes.
  • For parameters that are Unicode CHAR or VARCHAR, the maximum regexp_string size is 32000 bytes.
  • For parameters that are Latin CLOBs, the maximum regexp_string size is 30000 bytes.
  • For parameters that are Unicode CLOBs, the maximum regexp_string size is 60000 bytes.

The function returns an error if this size is exceeded unless match_arg = 'l' is specified. If this is specified, a NULL is returned instead of an error.

The x match option ignores whitespace characters. By default, whitespace characters match themselves.

You can also pass arguments with data types that can be converted to the above types using the implicit data type conversion rules that apply to UDFs.

The UDF implicit type conversion rules are more restrictive than the implicit type conversion rules normally used by Teradata Database. If an argument cannot be converted to the required data type following the UDF implicit conversion rules, it must be explicitly cast.