Select LPAD Through OCI Gives Wrong Length Result

(Doc ID 1401584.1)

Last updated on JULY 05, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Server - Enterprise Edition - Version: and later   [Release: 11.2 and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


After upgrading the current production environment from Oracle 9i to Oracle or a SQL SELECT returns a different length when using the LPAD function within an OCI 7 application.

Here is the SQL being executed using OCI:        "select lpad('abcd',6,'z') from dual"

Against an Oracle 9i environment the result is a length of 6.
Against an Oracle 11g or environment the result is a length of 4000.


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