|Oracle8i Supplied PL/SQL Packages Reference
Release 2 (8.1.6)
Part Number A76936-01
UTL_RAW package provides SQL functions for manipulating
RAW datatypes. This package is necessary because normal SQL functions do not operate on
RAWs, and PL/SQL does not allow overloading between a
RAW and a
UTL_RAW also includes subprograms that convert various COBOL number formats to, and from,
UTL_RAW is not specific to the database environment, and it may actually be used in other environments as it exists here. For this reason, the prefix UTL has been given to the package, instead of DBMS.
The are many possible uses for the
UTL_RAW allows a
RAW "record" to be composed of many elements. By using the
RAW datatype, character set conversion will not be performed keeping the
RAW in its original format when being transferred through remote procedure calls (RPC).
RAW functions also provide the ability to manipulate binary data which was previously limited to the