lpad() and rpad() gotcha

I was lately writing some program for a client of mine, which used UPC codes matching.

Since the codes are given in various ways, there was decision to pad the codes with leading zeros – up to 12 characters.

The code has been done, and worked like this:

# SELECT lpad('123456789', 12, '0');
(1 ROW)

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Text comparisons that does automatic trim()

SoftNum asked on irc:

< SoftNum> does postgresql have a config option to automatically trim (both ' ' from blah) on string compares?

So, can you?

Of course there is no such option, but maybe there is a way to tell PostgreSQL to do this trim for given field? Sure there is 🙂

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