On Thu, Sep 01, 2005 at 03:51:35PM -0400, Merlin Moncure wrote:

> > Huh, hang on -- AFAIK there's no saving at all by doing that.  Quite
> > the opposite really, because with char(x) you store the padding
> > blanks, which are omitted with varchar(x), so less I/O (not
> > necessarily a measurable amount, mind you, maybe even zero because
> > of padding issues.)
> You are right, all this time I thought there was a 4 byte penalty for
> storing varchar type and not in char :(.  So there is no reason at all
> to use the char type?

Other than SQL conformance, apparently not.

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