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RE: sql*loader datatype question

From: Bala, Prakash <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 11:23:14 -0700
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Have you tried loading without specifying any datatype and length in the control file? Just a thought...  


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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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