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Remove Padding from Postgres Formatting Functions

Earlier today, I was trying to join a table on a formatted string row, but wasn't getting the results I expected. Turns out that my formatting string had blank padding and I discovered "fill mode".

When using postgres formatting functions, like to_char, some of the formatting options include padding in the result. For example, the day format string will be blank padded to 9 chars.

select to_char(current_date, 'day');


You can use the "fill mode" (FM) option to remove any leading zeros or blank padding characters by prepending it to your format option:

select to_char(current_date, 'FMday')


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