Find the last occurrence of \ character and get the left of string.

  • sathwik.em91

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    How to find the last occurrence of '\' in the following  string  and get left  part of it?

    DECLARE @v  VARCHAR(max)='O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-13-20200702_abc_enroll.csv'

    DECLARE @V1  VARCHAR(max)='O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-14-20200702_abc_complete_enroll.csv'

    The  Final output I need is O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox.

    Thanks in advance.

    • This topic was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by  sathwik.em91.
  • Jeff Moden

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    What version of T-SQL are you actually using?  I ask because there's no such thing as "VARCHR" in T-SQL.  There is "VARCHAR" but it has two "A"s in it instead of just 1.


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  • sathwik.em91

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    @jeff Sorry for the typo.Corrected it.

  • Phil Parkin

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    If your file names always follow that consistent pattern, you could use something like this:

    DECLARE @v VARCHAR(MAX) = 'O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-13-20200702_abc_enroll.csv';
    DECLARE @V1 VARCHAR(MAX) = 'O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-14-20200702_abc_complete_enroll.csv';

    SELECT LEFT(@v, PATINDEX('%[0-9][0-9]-[0-9][0-9]-%', @v) - 2);

    SELECT LEFT(@V1, PATINDEX('%[0-9][0-9]-[0-9][0-9]-%', @V1) - 2);

    Your (more expensive) alternative is to use a combination of REVERSE(), CHARINDEX(), LEN() and LEFT().

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  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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    Phil has good advice. If the patterns aren't consistent, then use REVERSE and find the first occurrence.

  • pietlinden

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    DECLARE @v VARCHAR(100)='O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-13-20200702_abc_enroll.csv';

    DECLARE @V1 VARCHAR(100)='O:\Z\P_Metrics\Inbox\07-14-20200702_abc_complete_enroll.csv';






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