# In Sybase SQL, can multiple square brackets be avoided in a LIKE statement?

## All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

In Sybase SQL, I have a check that looks something like this:

``````SELECT "VALID"
WHERE @v_Test LIKE "X[A-Za-z0-9][A-Za-z0-9][A-Za-z0-9][A-Za-z0-9][A-Za-z0-9]"
``````

Is there a way to avoid having to copy the square brackets please (in this case allowing alphanumeric values but anything is possible)?

## How to solve :

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### Method 1

{ and }

Left and right curly braces are metacharacters when used for specifying quantifiers. Quantifiers specify the number of times a pattern must repeat to constitute a match. For example:

{m} Matches a character exactly m times. For example, ‘519-[0-9]{3}-[0-9]{4}’ matches a phone number in the 519 area code (providing the data is formatted in the manner defined in the syntax).

{m,} Matches a character at least m times. For example, ‘[0-9]{5,}’ matches any string of five or more digits.

{m,n} Matches a character at least m times, but not more than n times. For example, SIMILAR TO ‘_{5,10}’ matches any string with between 5 and 10 (inclusive) characters.

see manual
So

``````SELECT "VALID"
WHERE @v_Test LIKE "X[A-Za-z0-9]{5}"
``````

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂