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RETURN Statement

The RETURN statement immediately ends the execution of the subprogram or anonymous block that contains it.

In a function, the RETURN statement assigns a specified value to the function identifier and returns control to the invoker, where execution resumes immediately after the invocation (possibly inside the invoking statement). Every execution path in a function must lead to a RETURN statement (otherwise, the PL/SQL compiler issues compile-time warning PLW-05005).

In a procedure, the RETURN statement returns control to the invoker, where execution resumes immediately after the invocation.

In an anonymous block, the RETURN statement exits its own block and all enclosing blocks.

A subprogram or anonymous block can contain multiple RETURN statements.

Note:

The RETURN statement differs from the RETURN clause in a function heading, which specifies the data type of the return value.

Topics

See "expression ::=".

Semantics

expression

Optional when the RETURN statement is in a pipelined table function. Required when the RETURN statement is in any other function. Not allowed when the RETURN statement is in a procedure or anonymous block.

The RETURN statement assigns the value of expression to the function identifier. Therefore, the data type of expression must be compatible with the data type in the RETURN clause of the function. For information about expressions, see "Expression".