Perplexing UTL_FILE.PUT_LINE Problem

From: Booth.Steve <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:42:30 -0500
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Running Oracle 10g ( on UNIX.

I'm a Duhveloper and have recently experienced a problem that I just can't figure out.


        We have an application that exports Oracle data from a table to a flat file (on UNIX). The application was originally written in Version 8. The basic methodology of this part of the application issues an SQL Select statement which returns set of records of strings of 33 characters in length. The receiving variable is allocated as 100 characters.

        This code has been working fine and hasn't been changed for almost a year. The general logic is:

  • Build SQL Select Statement
  • Open Cursor with Select Statement
  • Open UNIX File for writing
  • Read first SQL Data record (FETCH Results_cur INTO Output_buffer)
  • While Results_cur%FOUND
  • UTL_FILE.Put_line( File_handle, Output_buffer );
  • ***
  • FETCH Results_cur INTO Output_buffer;
  • END Loop;
  • Close UNIX File.

        Since about noon on Monday we have been having intermittent problems where the data being written is incorrect (just bad data values, like a 0 instead of 274). In a vain attempt to figure out what is (occasionally happening), I dumped the "Output_buffer" to a logging table and it was not the same values as what was in the file. I did this at the location of the "***".

        In summary, it's intermittent and driving us nuts.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Steve Booth

Received on Wed Oct 15 2008 - 14:42:30 CDT

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