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Can download data from Oracle using an Openquery which creates the table once called.  Is it possible to create the table beforehand and have the oracle data insert into a table that has already been created?

If I can create the table then the datatypes will be properly specified.  Otherwise, the initial load may have to be downloaded into a temporary table and then reloaded into the "permanent" table.  Would like to save a step if possible.  Please be specific with the syntax as several variations of the select/insert using openquery have been attempted.  

Thanxs,

Glass


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by:arbert
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This will create the table on the fly

Select *
into NewTableName
from openquery(oracle,'select * from table)


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by:Glass
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Hello Arbert,

Do not wish the table to be created on the fly.  Would like to create the table prior to downloading data from oracle.   Is there a way to do this without using temporary tables?

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by:arbert
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Not sure exactly what you're requesting then.


If you want to create a table with just the structure for later use do the same thing only add criteria to the OPENQUERY to just get the structure:

Select *
into NewTableName
from openquery(oracle,'select * from table WHERE 1=0')
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by:Glass
ID: 9766566
The information downloaded doesn't makeup the entire table.   There are other columns within the table that need to be populated as the table is loading.  So would like to know if can insert the data into an existing table?  Currently the select * into tbl from openquery(oracle, 'select * from table where 1=0')  will generate an error that the table already exists if the table is created prior to the openquery.

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by:arbert
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"There are other columns within the table that need to be populated as the table is loading."


So do you mean the columns need to be created in the existing table, or you want to insert the data into existing columns?
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by:Glass
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I want to insert the data from the oracle openquery into existing columns.

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The final table will contain information from three different oracle openquery statements.  If possible would like to create the "final" table and then insert the data using different oracle openquery statements instead of creating three temporary tables and then merging them into a final table.  It may not be possible but maybe it is....

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by:arbert
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So create the one comination table that has the entire structure and use and INSERT INTO statement:



insert into combination table
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement1')
go

insert into combination table
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement2')
go

insert into combination table
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement3')

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by:Glass
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Generates the following error message:

Insert Error:  Column name or number of supplied values does not match table definition.  

The combination table has 10 columns.  The first five are populated with the first oracle openquery.  The second three with the second oracle openquery and the last two with the final oracle openquery.   This error was generated by the first oracle openquery which selects five columns that correlate to the first five columns using the same name that is in the combination table.
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arbert earned 1200 total points
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Ok, if you're not going to insert every column, you need to specifically list the columns to insert into.  Also, if you're not going to insert into all the columns, make sure you have the "allow nulls" option.

So, it would look like this:

insert into combinationtable (column1,column2,column3)
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement1')
go

insert into combination table (column4,column5,column6)
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement2')
go

insert into combination table (column7,column8,column9)
select  * from openquery(oracle,'select statement3')


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You are the Guy!

Thanxs,
Glass
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