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sql*loader datatype question

From: Koivu, Lisa <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 09:51:20 -0700
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I'm hitting a wall here.  I'm trying to load data into a large table.  Two of the fields are phone numbers (10 digits).  The database field is defined as number(10). 

When I try to load these records, they err out with an error similar to below.

Record 858:  Rejected - Error on table INV_OWNER.FPSITE, column FPS_AFFIL_LTD_PTS_FPS. ORA-01722: invalid number

So I change the fields to character, get the data in and it truly is all 10-digit numbers.  I'm wondering if I'm missing something in the format.  The doco says that INTEGER EXTERNAL is to be used for "human readable" numbers, non-binary, when you want to specify the length.  The length I've chosen is correct.  I can even create a table with number(10) columns and insert the varchar(10) phone number data into it! 

What am I missing?  I really do not want to change all my number fields to character.  It would defeat the purpose. I have a feeling I'm missing some sort of conversion in SQL*Loader but I don't see it off the top of my head.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. 

Lisa Koivu
wanna-be DBA Hand Holder (that's what I've been doing this morning with an ex-coworker) and DBA Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

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