# What happens if the position of insertion, in MySQL INSERT() function, is out of range?

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MySQL INSERT() function performs no insertion if the position of insertion is out of range. The position of insertion can be out of range in the case when we pass a negative or 0(zero) value or the value goes beyond the value of a total number of characters in an original string by 2. It can be understood with the help of the following example −

#### Example

The query below will perform no insertion because the position of insertion is out of range i.e. a negative value.

mysql> Select INSERT('Virat', -1,5,'Kohli');
+-------------------------------+
| INSERT('Virat', -1,5,'Kohli') |
+-------------------------------+
| Virat                         |
+-------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The query below will perform no insertion because the position of insertion is out of range i.e. 0 (zero).

mysql> Select INSERT('Virat', 0,5,'Kohli');
+------------------------------+
| INSERT('Virat', 0,5,'Kohli') |
+------------------------------+
| Virat                        |
+------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The query below will perform no insertion because the position of insertion is out of range i.e. goes beyond the value of a number of characters in an original string by 2. In the example below, the original string ‘Virat’ is having 5 characters and the value of position we give is 7 hence no insertion happens.

mysql> Select INSERT('Virat', 7,5,'Kohli');
+------------------------------+
| INSERT('Virat', 7,5,'Kohli') |
+------------------------------+
| Virat                        |
+------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
Published on 20-Feb-2018 08:19:45