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From Chris Atkinson <>
Subject Fwd: Cast function for Oracle
Date Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:15:27 GMT
I did post this to the apache drill list but after digging in the code I
discovered that the SQL generation is build by Calcite in

public JdbcPrel(...){...
final SqlDialect dialect = convention.getPlugin().getDialect();
    final JdbcImplementor jdbcImplementor = new JdbcImplementor(
        (JavaTypeFactory) getCluster().getTypeFactory());
    final JdbcImplementor.Result result =
        jdbcImplementor.visitChild(0, input.accept(new SubsetRemover()));
    sql = result.asQuery().toSqlString(dialect).getSql();

The following is still applicable... the cast isn't valid for Oracle SQL:

I'm trying to join two VARCHAR2 columns of differing length.  The generate
SQL casts the shorter to match the longer.

create table myschema.a_table(
  description varchar2(10)

create table myschema.b_table(
  description20 varchar2(20)

When the join is attempted

0: jdbc:drill:zk=local> select *
. . . . . . . . . . . >   from utd_utpdba.UTPDBA.A_TABLE
. . . . . . . . . . . >  inner join utd_utpdba.UTPDBA.B_TABLE
. . . . . . . . . . . >     on A_TABLE.DESCRIPTION = B_TABLE.DESCRIPTION20;

The following CAST pattern is not acceptable to Oracle (11.2)

Error: DATA_READ ERROR: The JDBC storage plugin failed while trying setup
the SQL query.

sql SELECT *
"ISO-8859-1") "$f2"
plugin utd_utpdba
Fragment 0:0

[Error Id: 2f9a1975-fa57-4b07-8642-4dca3d03ae39 on x.x.x.x:31010]

  (java.sql.SQLSyntaxErrorException) ORA-00907: missing right parenthesis

.... (state=,code=0)

Specifically, CHARACTER SET "ISO-8859-1" is not allowed in the cast

*CAST*({ expr | *MULTISET* (subquery) } *AS* type_name)



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