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RE: sql*loader datatype question

From: Koivu, Lisa <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 12:14:12 -0700
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Good explanation but no....  it's not

-----Original Message-----

From:   Ron Rogers []
Sent:   Thursday, August 30, 2001 2:48 PM
To:     Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
Subject:        Re: sql*loader datatype question

Is the field you are attempting to load the last field in the string? is the delimited in place? The reason being is the EXTERNAL INTEGER data might be interpreted at char including the "space" at the end of the string. That has bit me before and now all non-numbers are enclosed in quotes.

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>>> 08/30/01 01:33PM >>> 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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