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SQL Loader query [message #378857] Fri, 02 January 2009 03:28 Go to next message
frog9697
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Hi there,

Hoping someone can help me with this, potentially somewhat obscure, problem. I have some data in a text file separated by delimiters, one field of which is a date and time in the form:
ddmmyyyy hhmmss.
I would like to load it into my table in the form mmyy. The data type of the field in question is varchar2 4 bytes. Is there a way I can do this?

Thanks very much,

F
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378860 is a reply to message #378857] Fri, 02 January 2009 03:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Yes, use the TO_CHAR and TO_DATE functions in your SQL*Loader control file.
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378861 is a reply to message #378860] Fri, 02 January 2009 03:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
frog9697
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ok thanks, I'll give that a go.
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378862 is a reply to message #378861] Fri, 02 January 2009 03:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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SUBSTR() may also help. See "Can one modify data as the database gets loaded?" in the SQL*Loader FAQ.
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378892 is a reply to message #378857] Fri, 02 January 2009 05:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
frog9697
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Hi,

I've had a look at this but still a bit unsure of the syntax (as most of the examples I have come across relate to converting to a different date format, as opposed to converting to an integer). Would you happen to have an example?

Thanks,

F
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378899 is a reply to message #378892] Fri, 02 January 2009 06:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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If
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field of which is a date and time in the form:
ddmmyyyy hhmmss. I would like to load it into my table in the form mmyy

Then a simple SUBSTR will do the trick and there are several examples of applying a function in Frank's link, for instance in section "Can one modify data as the database gets loaded?". Read it carefully.

Regards
Michel
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378906 is a reply to message #378899] Fri, 02 January 2009 08:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
frog9697
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Thanks very much, turned out to be more straightforward than I was expecting. For the record, in case anyone is interested, the following now works:

field_name "substr(:field_name, 3,2) ||''|| substr(:field_name, 7,2)",
Re: SQL Loader query [message #378911 is a reply to message #378906] Fri, 02 January 2009 10:17 Go to previous message
Frank Naude
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Thanks for the feedback!

PS: The ''|| looks redundant to me. You can probably remove it.
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