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RE: sql*loader datatype question

From: Henry Poras <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 13:27:52 -0700
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Anyway, what if you need to add some
non-domestic phone numbers?

  face=Tahoma>-----Original Message-----From: Mercadante, Thomas F   []Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001   3:46 PMTo: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-LSubject:   RE: sql*loader datatype question
  I agree with Joe.  I always have
  declared the data to be char, even if I am loading a number field.    Always seems to work.
  Tom Mercadante Oracle
  Certified Professional   

    face=Tahoma>-----Original Message-----From: JOE TESTA     []Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001     2:48 PMTo: Multiple recipients of list     ORACLE-LSubject: Re: sql*loader datatype     question
    Lisa, in the modeling world, unless you are performing a     calculation(like on phone number), i've always been told to make them     character.
>>> 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. <FONT     face="Book Antiqua">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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