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Question: What is the output of the following query

Answer: 1200.

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Question: What is the output of the following query


1200. Source:

1200 Source:

Answered by: muragesh | Date: 7/15/2008 | Contact muragesh Contact muragesh

'trunc' is not a recognized built-in function use select round(1234.5678,-2) from 'tablename'. this funtion work well. Source:

Answered by: R.lakshmi | Date: 2/7/2009 | Contact R.lakshmi Contact R.lakshmi

TRUNCATE (number):
When you specify a number as an argument, the TRUNCATE function truncates a number to a specified number of decimal places.

Return Value: DECIMAL
Syntax:TRUNC (number, truncvalue)

The number to truncate. The value specified for number must be followed by a comma.

An INTEGER value that specifies the number of places to the right or left of the decimal point to which number should be truncated. When truncvalue is positive, digits to the right of the decimal point are truncated. When it is negative, digits to the left of the decimal point are truncated (that is, made zero). When truncvalue is omitted, number is truncated to 0 decimal places.
TRUNCATE (datetime)

The TRUNCATE (datetime) function returns date with the time portion of the day truncated to the unit specified by the format model.

Return Value

Syntax: TRUNC (datetime_exp, [fmt])

Arguments: datetime-exp
A datetime expression that identifies a date and time number.

A text expression that specifies one of the format models shown in Table 8-6, "Datetime Format Templates for the ROUND and TRUNC Date Functions". A format model indicates how the date and time number should be truncated. If you omit fmt, then date is truncated to the nearest day.


Example 8-150 Truncating to the Nearest Year

When the value of the NLS_DATE_FORMAT option is DD-MON-YY, then this statement:


returns this value: 01-JAN-92

Answered by: Muhammad Habshi | Date: 4/14/2009 | Contact Muhammad Habshi Contact Muhammad Habshi

Trunc will truncate the values upto certain decimal points

like in the example given

if decimal places is -ve ,trunc will replace the values to the left of decimal places to 0,
if the value + will trunc the valued to the right of decimal points Source:

Answered by: Jaspal Singh | Date: 7/30/2009 | Contact Jaspal Singh Contact Jaspal Singh

kindly can you justify your answer.
i need bit clarification on this.! Source:

Answered by: deepak | Date: 8/31/2009 | Contact deepak Contact deepak

1200 Source:

Answered by: ARAVIND | Date: 9/29/2009 | Contact ARAVIND Contact ARAVIND

The output will be 1200. Source:

Answered by: kultar kaur | Date: 11/9/2009 | Contact kultar kaur Contact kultar kaur

ans is 1200 as trunc (truncate) is used for truncation if you use -ve(-2) scale it will round 2 digit to 00 from "." if you use +ve(2) it will give 1234.56 will round up 2 digit from "." -> Source:

Answered by: vishnu | Date: 11/28/2009 | Contact vishnu Contact vishnu


Result will be 1200 Source:

Answered by: sayed jafar | Date: 11/30/2009 | Contact sayed jafar Contact sayed jafar

if the -ive parameter is passed under TRUNC function truncation will be used to below decimal place i.e
-1 means Trunc to 10th (1234 becomes 1230)
-2 means trunc to 100th (1234 becomes 1200)
-3 means trunc to 1000th (1234 becomes 1000)

Answered by: archana vashist | Date: 12/1/2009 | Contact archana vashist Contact archana vashist

It return 1200 Source:

Answered by: shalaj | Date: 4/30/2010 | Contact shalaj Contact shalaj

trunc' is not a recognized built-in function use select round function.

SELECT round(1234.5678,-2) FROM DUAL
if the -ive parameter is passed under round function truncation will be used to below decimal place i.e
-1 means round to 10th (1234 becomes 1230)
-2 means round to 100th (1234 becomes 1200)
-3 means round to 1000th (1234 becomes 1000) Source:

Answered by: Prakash | Date: 7/8/2010 | Contact Prakash Contact Prakash

-1 means Trunc to 10th (1234 becomes 1230)
-2 means trunc to 100th (1234 becomes 1200)
-3 means trunc to 1000th (1234 becomes 1000)


Answered by: khusboo | Date: 9/10/2010 | Contact khusboo Contact khusboo

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