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Error in a dynamic query getting results in single quotes

I wrote a dynamic query (cursor). The output of this query is as follows.

Table-name       constraint_type        total_constraint
IND$              C			    3
IND$              P                         1
DESTINATION       C                         5
DESTINATION       P                         2

For that I have created table 'TAB_CONS', having a structure as follows:

(table_name      varchar2(30)
constraint_type varchar2(1)
total_cons      number(12))

Here, I am submitting my cursor for your ready reference.

     totcons  number(12);
     tabname  varchar2(30);
     constype varchar2(1);
     str      varchar2(200);
     cursor test_ROW is
            select table_name,constraint_type  from  dba_constraints;
       exit when test_row %notfound;
       str := 'select count(*) from dba_constraints
               where table_NAME = ' || TABNAME ||
                   ' AND CONSTRAINT_TYPE = '||  CONSTYPE  ;
       execute immediate str into totcons;
       insert into tab_cons  values  (tabname,constype,totcons);
     END LOOP;

First, it will fetch table_name, constraint_type and total count for the same constraint. It is to be inserted in the temporary table which I have already created.

1) I am configuring the same setup of Oracle database version 8.1.7. I created the Oracle database, then did a full import with constraint = no (because total 500 tables and many of them have PK/FK constraint).

2) After a successful completion of import, I am altering the table for PK/FK constraints for all necessary tables.

Up to this step (1 & 2), I have succesfully completed. Now I have to compare the statics of table_name/constraint_type/count with my original Oracle database.

------ Here is the error of my cursor:

select count(*) from dba_constraints
       where table_NAME = IND$ AND CONSTRAINT_TYPE = C
                          ====                       =
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00904: invalid column name
ORA-06512: at line 17

How can I get table_name = 'IND$' AND CONSTRAINT_TYPE = 'C' i.e in single quotes?

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To get a single quote to concatenate properly in a string you need to put two single quotes in a row in your statement as follows:

       str := 'select count(*) from dba_constraints
               where table_NAME = ' || '''' || TABNAME || '''' ||
                   ' AND CONSTRAINT_TYPE = '||  '''' || CONSTYPE || ''''  ;

This will cause the statement to be built like this:

	select count(*) from dba_constraints where table_NAME = 'IND$' AND

That should fix your problem.


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This was first published in April 2002

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