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compare two tables from different databases with diferent column names

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Can any one help me out to compare the data between two tables where the tables are sitting on different databases with different columns

Ex:   'TB1' table in in 'DB1' sitting on server A,  with  'TB2' table in in 'DB2' sitting on server B
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 500 total points
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try a minus query and database link:

select col1, col2 from DB1_table
minus
select colz, colx from DB2_table@serverB
/

Then the reverse:
select colz, colx from DB2_table@serverB
minus
select col1, col2 from DB1_table
/


alternative: spool the data to a text file form both tables and do a diff.
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by:bhanu823
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WHY DO WE NEED TO DO IT FOR  2 TIMES?.. NORMAL AND THEN REVERSE?
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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a Minus will also show 'missing' rows.  You need it twice for rows in one, not in the other and visa versa.
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by:awking00
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You say the column names are different, which is fine using minus, but you also need to be sure they are the same datatype and in the same order.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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>>WHY DO WE NEED TO DO IT FOR  2 TIMES?..

Create a simple test case and see.    using the case below, if you only run it once you will not get the 'f' row.


drop table tab1 purge;
create table tab1(col1 char(1), col2 char(1));

drop table tab2 purge;
create table tab2(colz char(1), colx char(1));

insert into tab1 values('a','a');
insert into tab2 values('a','a');

insert into tab1 values('b','c');
insert into tab2 values('b','d');


insert into tab1 values('e','e');
insert into tab2 values('f','f');
commit;

select col1,col2 from tab1 minus select colz,colx from tab2;
select colz,colx from tab2 minus select col1,col2 from tab1;

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by:awking00
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If you want to issue one query -
select col1, col2, ... from tab1
union all
select colz, colx, ... from tab2
minus
(select col1, col2, ... from tab1
 intersect
 select colz, colx, ... from tab2)
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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>>If you want to issue one query -

If you do this you will likely need to add some designator to determine what rows came from what side.

For example, using the example above:  Does 'e' not exist in DB1 or DB2?
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