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I'm using Ruby 1.6.7, Ruby/dbi  .15 and I'm trying to call an Oracle stored
proc where the third parameter is of DATE type.  I want to pass in the
current date & time by using SYSDATE.  If I do the following everything
works as it should.
dbh.do( "BEGIN SOME_PROC( 1, 1, SYSDATE ); END" )
 
However, if I try to use place holders as below
sql  BEGIN SOME_PROC( ?, ?, ? ); END"
dbh.do( sql, 1, 1, SYSDATE ) 
 
Oracle returns an error because of the SYSDATE value.  Even putting quotes
around SYSDATE doesn't do any good.  Using similar code I get the same error
using perl.
 
Even doing the following works:
Dbh.do( sql, 1, 1, "#{Time.new.strftime( \"%d-%b-%Y\" ) }" )   Does work. 
 
Has anyone else seen this error?  Is this an error in DBI or in Oracle?  Is
there a way to work around this problem in the current environment?
 
Bob Berge

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>I'm using Ruby 1.6.7, Ruby/<span class=GramE>dbi <span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp;</span>.</span>15 and I'm trying to call
an Oracle stored proc where the third parameter is of DATE type.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>I want to pass in the current date &amp;
time by using SYSDATE.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>If I do the
following everything works as it should.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span class=GramE><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>dbh.do(</span></font></span><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> "BEGIN
SOME_PROC( 1, 1, SYSDATE ); END" )<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>However, if I try to use place holders as below<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span class=GramE><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>sql</span></font></span><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> = "BEGIN
SOME_PROC( ?, ?, ? ); END"<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span class=GramE><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>dbh.do(</span></font></span><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> sql, 1, 1, SYSDATE
) <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Oracle returns an error because of the SYSDATE value. <span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp;</span>Even putting quotes around SYSDATE doesn't
do any good.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>Using similar code I
get the same error using perl.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Even doing the following works:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span class=GramE><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Dbh.do(</span></font></span><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> sql, 1, 1, "#{Time.new.strftime(
\"%d-%b-%Y\" ) }" ) <span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Does work. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Has anyone else seen this error?<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>Is this an error in DBI or in Oracle?<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>Is there a way to work around this
problem in the current environment?<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Bob Berge<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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