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Re: SQL*Loader Date error (ORA-01858)

brian x wisniewski



Madhavi, did you get this figured out?  I hadn't seen a reply on the list.

When I run into issues like this I typically create a table with all varchar fields and load into that table to check if what I'm loading into the columns is what I expected to.  Often it's not and adjustments need to be made in the control file.

I also prefer external tables - just preference.  I create the external table as varchars and then do the manipulation on the fields during the select from the external.

rbld=`$SQL >> $OUT_FILE << !REBUILD

        create directory $BASE_DIR_NAME as '$BASE_DIR';
        create directory $LOG_DIR_NAME as '$LOG_DIR';

        grant read,write on directory $BASE_DIR_NAME to $OWNER, bwisniewski;
        grant read,write on directory $LOG_DIR_NAME to $OWNER, bwisniewski;

        create table $EXT_TABLE
                (BAN    varchar2(9),
                NAME           varchar2(20),
                ADDRESS varchar2(25),
                CITY    varchar2(12),
                STATE   varchar2(2),
                ZIP     varchar2(5),
                SUBSCRIBER varchar2(10),
                BALANCE varchar2(8))
                organization external
                (type oracle_loader
                        default directory $BASE_DIR_NAME
                        access parameters
                                (records fixed 99 delimited by newline
                                badfile $LOG_DIR_NAME:'$BAD_FILE'
                                logfile $LOG_DIR_NAME:'$LOG_FILE'
                                discardfile $LOG_DIR_NAME:'$DIS_FILE'
                                load when (ban notequal blanks and subscriber notequal blanks)
                                fields lrtrim(
                                BAN (1:+9),
                                NAME (*:+20),
                                ADDRESS (*:+25),
                                CITY (*:+12),
                                STATE (*:+2),
                                ZIP (*:+5),
                                SUBSCRIBER (*:+10),
                                BALANCE (*:+8)))
                                 location ($BASE_DIR_NAME:'$FTP_FILE'))
                                 reject limit unlimited;



This is where I do the formatting and conversion to a number..

        insert into $TABLE (ban, name, address, city, state, zip, subscriber, balance)
                select ban, name, address, city, state, zip, subscriber, to_number(ltrim(balance,'0'))/100
                from $EXT_TABLE;

- Brian

Madhavi Kanugo <MKanugo@ibasis.net>
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12/07/2005 01:19 PM
Please respond to MKanugo

        To:        "'oracle-l@freelists.org'" <oracle-l@freelists.org>
        Subject:        SQL*Loader Date error (ORA-01858)

Hello  All,
I'm trying to load data using SQL Loader and ran into the ORA-01858: a non-numeric character was found where a numeric was expected  error.
Below is my control file. As you can see, the timestamp is a constant field and I am loading its value from the filename of the data files. I am executing the sql loader from a shell script and creating the control file on the fly. The filename is in the form of: 20051206130101.txt  So basically, the shell script replaces the when_changed value with 20051206130101.
I created a temp table with just a date field and tried to insert a value into it. Insert into temp values (to_date('20051207160752','YYYYMMDDHH24MISS')); and there is no error and date conversion is implict.
But SQLLOADER is erring out on ORA-01858.
            TIMESTAMP CONSTANT "to_date('_when_changed_','YYYYMMDDHH24MISS')"
Any ideas on where I am going wrong? Any thoughts or help will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,