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Oracle® Database SQL Language Reference
11g Release 2 (11.2)

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EMPTY_BLOB, EMPTY_CLOB

Syntax

empty_LOB::=

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Description of the illustration empty_lob.gif

Purpose

EMPTY_BLOB and EMPTY_CLOB return an empty LOB locator that can be used to initialize a LOB variable or, in an INSERT or UPDATE statement, to initialize a LOB column or attribute to EMPTY. EMPTY means that the LOB is initialized, but not populated with data.

Note:

An empty LOB is not the same as a null LOB, and an empty CLOB is not the same as a LOB containing a string of 0 length. For more information, see Oracle Database SecureFiles and Large Objects Developer's Guide.

Restriction on LOB Locators You cannot use the locator returned from this function as a parameter to the DBMS_LOB package or the OCI.

Examples

The following example initializes the ad_photo column of the sample pm.print_media table to EMPTY:

UPDATE print_media
  SET ad_photo = EMPTY_BLOB();