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Is there anyway I can write a query to return results only when the value of a numeric type ends in 5?


Pseudo code:

select * from items where price ~ '5$';

Is there a way to use regexp_matches or does price need to be cast as a string or text?

Any help appreciated.

RE: regexp_matches


What you mean by "Pseudo code" ? That query works for me as is.

If the operand is not text, a cast will be automatically performed. However, if your price is double precision, you may prefer to format it yourself, or at least to round() or trunc() to the preferred precision, to avoid 0.5 vs. 0.4999999999 differences.


RE: regexp_matches


Thanks for the fast reply, you are correct my pseudo code ended up just being the query that I'm running!

Whilst the query may work for char columns I'm having difficulty running the above on a numeric(7,2) field.

I receive the following:

HINT:  No operator matches the given name and argument type(s). You might need to add explicit type casts.

Any ideas on how to implement as my cast attempts didn't work.

Thank you again.

RE: regexp_matches

OK just figured this out ... 'thinking aloud' seems to help!


select * from items where to_char(price,'99999.99') ~ '5$';

works well.

RE: regexp_matches


Glad to see you figured it out.

The ~ operator worked for me because I tried it with integer and double precision on PostgreSQL 7.3. Now tried it on PostgreSQL 8.4 too, and there not works anymore. Strange.

Anyway, the alternative would be to just cast : price::text ~ '5$'. The formatting done by to_char() is insignificantly slower. ( Some dumb client applications/libraries may be confused by the :: notation. In such case the alternative is cast(price as text). )


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