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Oracle Invalid number ORA-01722

I stumbled upon a very brain-f**k error on Oracle 10g on these days. Context: the following query [sql]SELECT * FROM ( SELECT TO_NUMBER(CUSTOMER_ID) AS SNDG FROM BAD_CODES_TABLE WHERE AND I_LIKE=UPPER(‘STATIC_CONDITION’) AND CUSTOMER_ID NOT LIKE ‘%P%’ ) S WHERE TO_NUMBER(S.SNDG) >2000[/sql] could trigger a Invalid number if CUSTOMER_ID column contains invalid numbers. Why? Well…if you ask …

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