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How to get the first 255 characters?

 
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Hi friends!
I hava a column type containning more than 1000 characters in Oracle. I would like to get the first 255 characters in this column. Could any one pls tell me the way?
Thanks in advanced
 
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if column1 is 1000 characters and you only want 255:
select substr(column1, 1, 255) from table
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