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inserted value too large for column - in a delete?

One of the well know error everyone meets in Oracle is the ORA-01041: inserted value too large for column (while s/he is cursing Oracle why it did not returned ORA-12899: value too large for column ... with the details).
The error is usualy right - you tried to insert a value too large for the column definition, so Oracle rejects the statement. Although it mentions insert, one can understand such error for updates, too.

But recently I got this issue for a delete statement. And no, there was not any trigger nor other advanced feature doing an insert in the background. So why on Earth, why?

The application (apply process of Dbvisit Replicate) was using OCI and the error indeed came from the OCIStmtExecute call. As it turns out, however, the devil is somewhere else.

One of the confusing topic in OCI is string handling - there are four ways how to pass a string to Oracle, depending on whether it's null-terminated or length-specified and whether it should be space-padded (think about C…