Saturday, July 5, 2008

PLS-00428: an INTO clause is expected in this SELECT statement

Error Description:
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You tried to write a Select statement inside PL/SQL and it returns with the error like,

LINE/COL ERROR
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60/1 PLS-00428: an INTO clause is expected in this SELECT statement

Cause of The Error:
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Inside PL/SQL you just ran the select statement as you did in SQL. The INTO clause of a SELECT INTO statement was omitted. For example, inside PL/SQL you wrote SELECT * FROM dept WHERE ... instead of
SELECT * INTO dept_rec FROM dept WHERE ...

In PL/SQL, only a subquery is written without an INTO clause.

Solution of The Error:
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Merely to execute the statement just add execute keyword. Like instead of SELECT * FROM dept WHERE .. use EXECUTE IMMEDIATE 'SELECT * FROM dept WHERE ...';

Or add the required INTO clause which is used to store the data returned from select statement.
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