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Quote marks in queries

Here is my query:

select * from Funds Where fund_id in ('VISTA PREM GOVT',
'DRY SHORT GOV'T', 'VISTA BALANCED', 'FID CONTRA FUND',
'VISTA CAP GRO A', 'DRY NEW LEADER', 'LOAN')

It contains a ' in Dry short gov't', which causes a SQL error. How do I deal with such queries?


It looks like SQL is getting hung up on the single quote mark within your string. Simply insert a second quote mark for every literal quote mark you want in your string. This tells SQL that it is not the end of the string. After doubling your literal quote marks, your SQL should look like this:

SELECT * 
  FROM Funds 
  WHERE fund_id IN ('VISTA PREM GOVT',
                    'DRY SHORT GOV''T',
                    'VISTA BALANCED', 
                    'FID CONTRA FUND',
                    'VISTA CAP GRO A', 
                    'DRY NEW LEADER', 
                    'LOAN')

If your list is being generated dynamically, then you will have to find some way to double your single quotes. This may be accomplished in the host language or by using Oracle's or SQL Server's REPLACE functions.

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