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In this article you will get to know the REGEXP_INSTR IN TERADATA


Searches source_string for a match to regexp_string.

REGEXP_INSTR supports 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 parameters.



TD_SYSFNLIB    :  the name of the database where the function is located

source_string     :  a character argument.

If source_string is NULL, NULL is returned.

regexp_string     :  a character argument.

If regexp_string is NULL, NULL is returned

replace_string    :  a character argument.

If replace_string is not specified, is NULL or is an empty string, the matches are removed from the result.

position_arg        : a numeric argument.

position_arg specifies the position in source_string from which to start searching (default is 1).

If position_arg is greater than the input string length, nothing is replaced and source_string is returned.

If position_arg is NULL, the NULL value is used. If position_arg is not specified, the default value (1) is used.

occurrence_arg   : a numeric argument.

occurrence_arg specifies the number of the occurrence to be returned (default is 0).

For example, if occurrence_arg is 2, the function matches the first occurrence in source_string and starts searching from the character following the first occurrence in source_string for the second occurrence in source_string.

If occurrence_arg is greater than the number of matches found, NULL is returned.

If occurrence_arg is NULL, a NULL result is returned. If occurrence_arg is omitted, the default value (1) is used.

This is different from the Oracle implementation of REGEXP_REPLACE, where if occurrence_arg is omitted, the default value (0) is used.

match_arg             : a character argument.

Valid values are

i‘ = case-insensitive matching.

c‘ = case sensitive matching.

n‘ = the period character (match any character) can match the newline character.

m‘ = source_string is treated as multiple lines instead of as a single line. With this option, the ‘^’ and ‘$’ characters apply to each line in source_string instead of the entire source_string.

l‘ = if source_string exceeds the current maximum allowed source string size (currently 16 MB), a NULL is returned instead of an error. This is useful for long-running queries where you do not want long strings causing an error that would make the query fail.

x‘ = ignore whitespace.

The argument can contain more than one character. If a character in the argument is not valid, then that character is ignored.

If the match_arg is not specified, is NULL, or is empty:

The match is case sensitive.

  • A period does not match the newline character.
  • source_string is treated as a single line.


Argument Types and Rules

Expressions passed to this function must have the following data types:

source_string = CHAR, VARCHAR, or CLOB

  • regexp_string = CHAR or VARCHAR (maximum size of 512 bytes)
  • replace_string = CHAR, VARCHAR CLOB (truncated to 32 KB)
  • position_arg = NUMBER
  • occurrence_arg = NUMBER
  • match_arg = VARCHAR

source_string parameters that are CLOBs can be a maximum of 16 MB. The function returns an error if this size is exceeded unless match_arg = ‘l’, in which case, it returned NULL.

You can also pass arguments with data types that can be converted to the above types using the implicit data type conversion rules that apply to UDFs.

Note: The UDF implicit type conversion rules are more restrictive than the implicit type conversion rules normally used by Teradata Database. If an argument cannot be converted to the required data type following the UDF implicit conversion rules, it must be explicitly cast.

Result Type

REGEXP_INSTR is a scalar function whose return value data type is:

  • INTEGER if source_string is a CHAR or VARCHAR
  • BIGINT if source_string is a CLOB


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