SQL*Loader

I have certain constraints on the DB. When I load a file using SQL*Loader, however, the constraints are violated. Why does this happen? Is there any way to ignore the violating records, and complete loading?
archan_dharAsked:
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DanielztCommented:
try to do this way base on your requirements.

1: if you care about data more than constraints, you can diable the constraints and then load.

2: you can use these two options to control  the number of error or discards.

discardmax              Number of discards to allow
errors          Number of errors to allow

3: change your data to meet your constraints.

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archan_dharAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments. I have already successfully tried out case 3, but ideally, I wont like that method.

Regarding case 2, I just want to discard the cases that violates the unique key constraint on one column. No specific number of discards can be pin pointed.

To be very clear with my requirement, let me give an example. Following is the data file:

AA,PPPPP,1
BB,QQQQ,2
BB,FFFFF,3
CC,GGGG,4
CC,KKKK,5
DD,LLLL,6

The column in the table that is assigned for the first column in the data file is the primary key.
My problem is when I upload the above file into DB using SQL*Loader, all the columns get loaded. This violates the unique key constraint on the primary key. I just want the following rows to be loaded:

AA,PPPPP,1
BB,QQQQ,2
CC,GGGG,4
DD,LLLL,6
ubascheCommented:

You must set the number of discards to allow to a high enough number.
It will work, if you set it higher than the number of duplicates you will get it the file you are loading.

E.g. If you have 400 duplicates and you set the number of discards to 1000,
you will get 400 discards and the load will complete (because you still have 600 discards left before SQL*Loader aborts the load).

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