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Issue with using XML TYPE

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Hello, I want to parse the fields out of an XML file with repeating tags <nextredentitycode>, and I'm having trouble with it. I can't get the XMLTYPE query below to work. My Oracle is version 11.2. And the CME_CDS is a table containing my file (stored as XML TYPE)

The file has content like this:
<referenceentity>ABC GL</referenceentity>

And I want to get the <redentitycode> and the corresponding 3 <nextredentitycode> out of this data.
My query is as follows:

SELECT x1.entitycode
, x4.nextredentitycode
COLUMNS entitycode VARCHAR2(128) path 'redentitycode'
, Main_list XMLTYPE PATH 'events/event/corporateaction/nextredentitycodes'

) x1,
PASSING x1.Main_list
COLUMNS nextredentitycode varchar2(128) path 'nextredentitycode'
) x4
WHERE t.ID_ = 5;

ID = 5 is just where i store the xml type. But I keep on getting 'Expected singleton sequence - got multiple sequence' error.
I suspect it's because of the multiple <nextredentitycode> tags using same name.

Can you tell me if there is a way to parse this out?

Much appreciated,
  • 1. Re: Issue with using XML TYPE
    odie_63 Guru
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    You're close.

    Since you want to extract a sequence of <nextredentitycode> elements in the second XMLTable then its XQuery expression must be :
    Full query :
    SQL> SELECT x1.entitycode
      2       , x4.nextredentitycode
      3  FROM CME_CDS t
      4     , XMLTABLE(
      5        '/entity'
      6        PASSING t.XML_TYPE
      7        COLUMNS entitycode VARCHAR2(128) path 'redentitycode'
      8              , Main_list  XMLTYPE PATH 'events/event/corporateaction/nextredentitycodes'
      9       ) x1
     10     , XMLTABLE(
     11        '/nextredentitycodes/nextredentitycode'
     12        PASSING x1.Main_list
     13        COLUMNS nextredentitycode varchar2(128) path '.'
     14       ) x4
     15  WHERE t.ID_ = 5 ;
    -------------------- --------------------
    4E363M               GK6295
    4E363M               GK9D9E
    4E363M               GJ58BA
    (please note that I had to remove the initial /data root element to test, it doesn't appear in your sample data - adjust as necessary)
  • 2. Re: Issue with using XML TYPE
    983611 Newbie
    Currently Being Moderated
    Thank you very much for your answer...
    I see it now that when the field names (tag name) are same, the path should be '.'
    I used the tag name, that was why it didn't work.

    Really appreciate your help!


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