Issue to use REPLACE or TRANSLATE function in SQL*LOADER control file
I need to use sqlloader to load a few flat file into staging tables in Oracle 10g. One column in the flat file contains - " "- in the string. I want to use REPLACE or REGEXP_REPLACE or TRANSLATE function in sqlloader control file to remove " " out. The basic code are like these:
1. "translate(: column_name, 'A"', 'A')",
2. "replace(:column_name, '"', null)", or " replace(: column_name, '"')",
These functions are working for sure.
However, when I put these function into control file. It will not work with the error message like: SQL*LOADER -350 syntax error token longer than max allowable length of 258 chars for RELACE, or syntax error expecting "," or ">", found "A" for TRANSLATE.
Here is my sqlldr control file
INTO TABLE "SCHEMA"."MY_TABLE"
FIELDS TERMINATED BY '^' OPTIONALLY ENCLOSED BY '"'
COLUMN_1 CHAR(15) "LPAD(:INVOICEDISTRIBUTIONID, 15, '0')",
COLUMN_3 CHAR(150) "REPLACE(:COLUMN_3,'"')"
This is my flat file string. It is terminated by ^ and enclosed by " I need to take double quote around "BOARD DIRECTOR" off through data loading by sqlldr
"65129478""51386316""PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES "BOARD DIRECTOR" AS DEVELOPED AND CUSTOMIZED THROUGH FEBRUARY 08, 1995."^
Is anyone familiar with this function or you dealed with the same sqlloader job before? Please give me some advice where is the problem in syntax. Thanks.
If COLUMN_1 & COLUMN_2 are consistent lengths, the following would work:
COLUMN_1 POSITION(2:9) "LPAD(:COLUMN_1, 15, '0')",
COLUMN_3 POSITION(22) "REPLACE(:COLUMN_3,chr(34))"
You are right. This may be the final solution. because this sqlldr control file contain more than 80 columns. if using position, I have to set up all columns in position and need to count so many spaces. This is why I didn't use fixed position and want to use function to remove the double quote during the loading process. Thanks for your advice.
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