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The STUFF function inserts a string into another string. It deletes a specified length of characters in the first string at the start position and then inserts the second string into the first string at the start position.

If the start position or the length is negative, or if the starting position is larger than length of the first string, a null string is returned. If the length to delete is longer than the first string, it is deleted to the first character in the first string.

The following example inserts the character string of xyz starting at the second character of the abc character expression, and replaces a total of three characters.

SELECT STUFF('abc', 2, 3, 'xyz')

Here is the result set.


(1 row(s) affected)