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Posted on 2004-09-09
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Hello,

I'm experienced with databases but still new to DB2. I've been using the LOAD utility to load data and have done so successfully with dates of the form YYYY-MM-DD. Now I need to load data that contains dates in this format:

Mon DD, YYYY

Examples:

Jan 1, 2003
Jul 12, 2004

How do I do this?
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by:ghp7000
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you will have to write either a UDF, a stored procedure or a c program to convert the date formats you have to valid dates. What is the source of your data, an excel data sheet?
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by:yoren
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Thanks for the response. So DB2 can't read that format natively? That's unfortunate. What's involved in writing a UDF (and what is it)? If I write one, will I be able to use the LOAD utility?

The source of the data is a proprietary database program. It can be made to export into YYYY-MM-DD, but the default is what I stated above. I was hoping to be able to handle the default format.
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no, db2 cant read the format, your easiest solution is to export to YYYY-MM-DD format.
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by:yoren
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Yet another reason to use Oracle! Too bad I have no choice in the matter.
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Well, its not such a big point, you can simply export the data from the source in the required format
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