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    sql loader control file question

    I have been looking through the SQL*Loader documentation this afternoon, but haven't found what I need.
    In my control file, I am loading a char. field that if it is blank or null, I want to load it as "0".

    I don't see where NULLIF or DEFAULTIF help me with this. Can some one tell me how to do it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    use decode such as

    decode(:filed_a, null, '0', :field_a)

    however defaultif does what you want as well, you may need to use preserve blanks, defaultif sets non-numeric to NULL and numeric to 0 if the condition is satisfied

    http://download-west.oracle.com/docs...06.htm#1007544

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    I would like to be able to use the decode function, but this is what I got when I tried it:

    SQL*Loader: Release 8.0.5.0.0 - Production on Fri Sep 3 15:8:54 2004

    (c) Copyright 1998 Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.

    SQL*Loader-350: Syntax error at line 7.
    Expecting "," or ")", found "(".
    decode(:METER_NBR, NULL, '0', :METER_NBR),
    ^

    C:\orant\BIN>

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