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1- How to split one string using a separator character ?
=> Solution : tested on my Oracle 10G R2 Database

TEST> create or replace type tabchar as table of varchar2(4000);
2 /

Type created.

TEST> create or replace function splittotabchar
2 (pInput IN VARCHAR2,pSeparator IN char := ‘_’) return tabchar
3 pipelined
4 is
5 vPosSep NUMBER;
6 vTemp VARCHAR2(4000);
7 begin
9 vTemp := pInput;
10 vPosSep := instr(vTemp,pSeparator);
12 while (vPosSep != 0)
13 loop
14 pipe row (substr(vTemp,1,vPosSep-1));
15 vTemp := SUBSTR(vTemp,vPosSep+1);
16 vPosSep := instr(vTemp,pSeparator);
17 end loop;
19 pipe row(vTemp);
20 end;
21 /

Function created.

TEST> select * from table(splittotabchar(‘abc_def_ghI’));





  1. Hi Wissem,

    This is my 1st comment to your site. 🙂

    I did use the same method on Oracle 9i and the process became quite fast. The dynamic table becomes a problem if you’ll run it many times in a short period. The process just crashed.

    My second trial was few years later on 10g and this time the process didn’t crash, but it was very slow.

    This method is prefect was a simple process, but for loops I would prefer a real or a temporary table.

    Take care!

    Comment by Tenno — July 1, 2010 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

    • Nice to see you here :p and hope getting more comments from you 🙂
      Pl sql pipelined functions are really useful if there is a select from a source other than a table, maybe I Will choose you temporary table guess ;).

      Comment by orawiss — July 1, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

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