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RE: sql*loader datatype question

From: Koivu, Lisa <>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 06:00:39 -0700
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Hi David,

Know what... I casted the phone number and that field works fine.  AFter dumping the data and looking at where it ended up I saw that I was cross-eyed and had my column numbers off by like 1 or 2.  This gets really tedious with 100+ fields and a record length of 1500.  MY BAD

Thanks everyone for your help.  However, I think I'm beyond help today (football on the brain)


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Can you show us the control file and a couple of lines of sample data?  Are you sure you don't have an unprintable character before/after the phone number?  Is this occurring for all the phone numbers?

David A. Barbour
Oracle DBA, OCP


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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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