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FETCH statement retrieves rows of data from the result set of a multi-row query. You can fetch rows one at a time, several at a time, or all at once. The data is stored in variables or fields that correspond to the columns selected by the query. For more information, see "Querying Data with PL/SQL".
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Instructs the SQL engine to bulk-bind output collections before returning them to the PL/SQL engine. The SQL engine bulk-binds all collections referenced in the
A declared collection into which column values are bulk fetched. For each query
select_item, there must be a corresponding, type-compatible collection in the list.
An explicit cursor declared within the current scope.
A PL/SQL cursor variable (or parameter) declared within the current scope.
An array (declared in a PL/SQL host environment and passed to PL/SQL as a bind variable) into which column values are bulk fetched. For each query
select_item, there must be a corresponding, type-compatible array in the list. Host arrays must be prefixed with a colon.
A cursor variable declared in a PL/SQL host environment and passed to PL/SQL as a bind variable. The datatype of the host cursor variable is compatible with the return type of any PL/SQL cursor variable. Host variables must be prefixed with a colon.
This optional clause, allowed only in bulk (not scalar)
FETCH statements, lets you bulk fetch several rows at a time, rather than the entire result set.
A user-defined or
%ROWTYPE record into which rows of values are fetched. For each column value returned by the query associated with the cursor or cursor variable, there must be a corresponding, type-compatible field in the record.
A variable into which a column value is fetched. For each column value returned by the query associated with the cursor or cursor variable, there must be a corresponding, type-compatible variable in the list.
You must use either a cursor
FOR loop or the
FETCH statement to process a multi-row query.
Any variables in the
WHERE clause of the query are evaluated only when the cursor or cursor variable is opened. To change the result set or the values of variables in the query, you must reopen the cursor or cursor variable with the variables set to their new values.
To reopen a cursor, you must close it first. However, you need not close a cursor variable before reopening it.
You can use different
INTO lists on separate fetches with the same cursor or cursor variable. Each fetch retrieves another row and assigns values to the target variables.
FETCH past the last row in the result set, the values of the target fields or variables are indeterminate and the
%NOTFOUND attribute returns
PL/SQL makes sure the return type of a cursor variable is compatible with the
INTO clause of the
FETCH statement. For each column value returned by the query associated with the cursor variable, there must be a corresponding, type-compatible field or variable in the
INTO clause. Also, the number of fields or variables must equal the number of column values.
When you declare a cursor variable as the formal parameter of a subprogram that fetches from the cursor variable, you must specify the
OUT mode. However, if the subprogram also opens the cursor variable, you must specify the
Because a sequence of
FETCH statements always runs out of data to retrieve, no exception is raised when a
FETCH returns no data. To detect this condition, you must use the cursor attribute
PL/SQL raises the predefined exception
INVALID_CURSOR if you try to fetch from a closed or never-opened cursor or cursor variable.
The following restrictions apply to the
You cannot bulk collect into an associative array that has a string type for the key.
You can use the
COLLECT clause only in server-side programs (not in client-side programs). Otherwise, you get the error
this feature is not supported in client-side programs.
All target variables listed in a
INTO clause must be collections.
Composite targets (such as objects) cannot be used in the
INTO clause. Otherwise, you get the
error unsupported feature with RETURNING clause.
When implicit datatype conversions are needed, multiple composite targets cannot be used in the
When an implicit datatype conversion is needed, a collection of a composite target (such as a collection of objects) cannot be used in the
For examples, see the following: