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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Nov 30, 1999

Forcing a Linefeed in SQL

Question:
How do I force a linefeed character using SQL? I created a report (see below) but when I e-mailed this report from Unix the carriage return was not interpreted correctly.

I want the results to look like the following:

Invoice Number: 123456
Order Number: 444422222
Customer Number: abc123

When I e-mail this file using elm (to Microsoft Outlook or cc:Mail), I get the following :

Invoice Number: 123456 Order Number:44422222 Customer Number: abc123

The line break is not recognized. Any thoughts??

Here's the code:

set verify off
set echo off
set feedback off
set linesize 30
set space 0
set heading off

column invoice_num format  fold_after 1
column sales_ord_num format  fold_after 1
column rapid_txn_id format  fold_after 1
column launch_dt format  fold_after 1
column inv_dt format  fold_after 1

spool &1

select  'Invoice Number    :  &1' invoice_num,
        'Sales Order Number:  ', sales_ord_num,
        'RAPID Txn Number  :  ',  oh.mepr rapid_txn_id,
        'Order Date        :  ', to_char(oh.timestamp,'MM/DD/YY') launch_dt,
        'Ship Date         :  ', to_char(inv_dt,'MM/DD/YY') inv_dt
from    sales_ord so, inv_hdr inv, ord_hdr oh
where   so.sales_ord_id = inv.sales_ord_id

Answer:
Hm, this looks like Oraclese... :)

I don't know if this will work, but you might try sending a carriage return and line feed combination—like CHAR(10)+CHAR(13)—at the end of each column name. That may do it for you.

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