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How i can write a control file to loade Date&Time field with Direct=true option.




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Hi!
No any difference for Date&Time between Direct path load and conventional path load.

Here example for load Date&time:
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LOAD DATA
   INFILE *
   APPEND
   INTO TABLE emp
   FIELDS TERMINATED BY "," OPTIONALLY ENCLOSED BY '"'
   (empno, ename, job, mgr,
   hiredate DATE(20) "DD-Month-YYYY HH24:MI:SS")
   BEGINDATA
   7782, "Clark", "Manager", 7839, 09-June-1981 13:15:12
   7839, "King", "President", , 17-November-1981 17:45:17
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Best regards!
Yaroslav.
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by:Mark Geerlings
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If the date data in your ASCII file matches your default date format, then there is no problem.  I'm guessing though that you have a date format in your ASCII file that doesn't match your default date format.  There is a work-around you can use as long as there is only one date format in the input file.  In SQL*Plus you could simply "alter session set nls_date_format = [new format]".  But that is not an option with SQL*Loader.

I had the same problem recently with a large (40million) row data file I had to load.  My solution?  I created an "after logon" trigger that modified the nls_date_format for a particular user when logging in from the server, then ran the SQL*Loader process on the server.

Here is the text of the after logon trigger I used:

create or replace trigger login_capture after logon on database
declare
  user_nm  varchar2(30) := user;
  v_server varchar2(30);
  v_machin varchar2(30);
  v_ipaddr varchar2(30);
  cursor c1 is select nvl(upper(substr(osuser,1,30)),'SERVER'),
    rtrim(nvl(substr(machine,instr(machine,'\') +1,12),'SERVER'),CHR(0)),
    sys_context('userenv','ip_address')
    from v$session s
    where s.username = user_nm
    and s.logon_time = (select max(x.logon_time)
    from v$session x where x.username = user_nm);
begin
  if user_nm = '[my_name]' then
    open c1;
    fetch c1 into v_server, v_machin, v_ipaddr;
    close c1;
    if v_machin = '[server_name]' or v_ipaddr = 'XXX.XX.XX.XX' then
      execute immediate ('alter session set nls_date_format=''YYYYMMDD HH24MISS''');
    end if;
  end if;
exception
  when others then null;
end;

Obviously you need to set the values for "[my_name]", "[server_name]" and IP address to match your system.

Our system is Oracle8.1.7 on WindowsNT.  On a different O/S you may need to change the select of the "machine" column slightly.
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by:pennnn
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Although Mark's approach is neat, I agree with Yaroslav, that you can load date&time fields with any format using direct path. Specifying the date format mask is not considered a sql function, so the direct path load will still work.
Yaroslav's example is correct and working.
Hope that helps!
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