The INSERTCHILDXML function is deprecated. It is still supported for backward compatibility. However, Oracle recommends that you use XQuery Update instead. See Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information.


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INSERTCHILDXML inserts a user-supplied value into the target XML at the node indicated by the XPath expression. Compare this function with INSERTXMLBEFORE.

  • XMLType_instance is an instance of XMLType.

  • XPath_string is an Xpath expression indicating one or more nodes into which the one or more child nodes are to be inserted. You can specify an absolute XPath_string with an initial slash or a relative XPath_string by omitting the initial slash. If you omit the initial slash, then the context of the relative path defaults to the root node.

  • child_expr specifies the one or more element or attribute nodes to be inserted.

  • value_expr is an fragment of XMLType that specifies one or more notes being inserted. It must resolve to a string.

  • The optional namespace_string provides namespace information for the XPath_string. This parameter must be of type VARCHAR2.

See Also:

Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information about this function


The following example adds a second /Owner node to the warehouse_spec of one of the warehouses updated in the example for APPENDCHILDXML:

UPDATE warehouses
  SET warehouse_spec = INSERTCHILDXML(warehouse_spec, '/Warehouse/Building',
    'Owner', XMLType('<Owner>LesserCo</Owner>'))
  WHERE warehouse_id = 3;

SELECT warehouse_spec
  FROM warehouses  WHERE warehouse_id = 3;

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