Re: Number with a length of -1?

We use proC. we are in DB version 10.2.0.5. I do not have date stamps on
the tables that have the issue, but by joining, to other tables, it looks
like at least 1 record was created in the last 6-12 months.
When I run dump(col,1016), I get

Typ=2 Len=3: c0,0,0

note that my rawtohex value is C0000, so it appears related. Anyone know
waht c0,0,0 means? Or where I can look it up. I am guessing Ill find its an
invalid encoding.

I take it this means garbage data. Is there any easier way to look for bad
data without running a dump on all fields in the database?
We are not using RMAN. We do straight EMC SAN level BCV backups. I don't
think the RMAN utility would help. I don't think this is block corruption
since I can actually query the data.




On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Rich Jesse <rjoralist2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> wrote:

> Jeffrey Beckstrom writes:
>
> > I vaguely recall that a very long time ago there was an issue where some
> > PRO*x programs could insert bad data into the database without being
> caught.
> >  That's all I recall about it at the moment.
>
> The only one of those I know of -- nay, lived through -- was that a numeric
> zero could be inserted into a date datatype column, which caused all sorts
> of fun.
>
> Even though it was introduced in v6 or v7, I've never seen documentation
> that the bug has been closed, supposedly due to its widespread (ab)use.
> I've experienced the bug in v9 and possibly v10.
>
> Rich
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