|Oracle9i Supplied PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference
Release 2 (9.2)
Part Number A96612-01
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.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
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.
RAW functions, you can manipulate binary data that was previously limited to the