Oracle: Automatic import of data into table

Posted on 2012-09-17
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Last Modified: 2013-08-08
I am wondering if there is a way to automatically import data from a csv file into a table based on a schedule

in a directory on the same system that oracle is installed on, csv files will be dropped on a daily basis based on tablename and date

so /home/oracle/import may have a new file dropped in everyday

import080812.csv for august 8th

import080912.csv for august 9th

import081012.csv for august 10th

these files conform with the data structure and i never have a problem importing these manually.

how can i go about not having to do this manually, i just want them imported in automatically every day at 12pm
Question by:futureDBA
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sdstuber earned 672 total points
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create  a dbms_scheduler process to read them via external table.  Alter the table definition to point to the new file.  Or use a preprocessor command to invoke a script to rename the new file to some fixed file name and import that.

or, if you already have a script that does the import use dbms_scheduler to invoke it.
or use cron to invoke it
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by:Swadhin Ray
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You can also automate this same using SQL Loader.
something like below :

Create the control file i.e. <control file name >.ctl

<<append or insert >>
into table <<your table name>> 
fields terminated by ","
optionally enclosed by '"'
varchar_column ,
date_column   "to_date(:date_column   , 'YYYY-MM-DD  HH24:MI:SS')", 

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Now create a shell script to load it :


export ORACLE_BASE=/opt/app/oracle
export ORACLE_SID=<<your SID>>
export ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/11.1.0

sqlldr userid=username@$ORACLE_SID/password control=/home/oracle/import/<control file name >.ctl data=/home/oracle/import/<<your CSV file name>>.CSV skip=1 log=/home/oracle/import/filename.log

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Then you can schedule it by using cron jobs.
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by:Amitkumar P
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Agree with slobaray.
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sqlloader is just a external table with an extra step

if you already have a script available that uses sqlloader then by all means reuse it.

If you have to construct a control file and a script to invoke it, just use an external table.  Same syntax, but no need for anything external to the database except the csv files themselves
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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To add to the mix:  If you are running 11gR2 you can set up a file watcher that will trigger the load:

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by:Swadhin Ray
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I too agree with sdstuber suggestion.

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i am going to try sdstuber and slightwv suggestions and go with what ever ends up being the best solution for my environment

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revisiting this question after a couple of months because this has become my number one priority with a project i am currently working on..

sdstuber, can you point me towards some documentation on your method / examples / or elaborate a bit more please?
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by:Steve Wales
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