SQL Loader

Received a text file and three fields are Date, but the data sent as follows :
20151014T1028

How can I import only the date and time and ignore the 'T' ? at least the date without time .

Using Oracle 8i

Thank you
m_jundiAsked:
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
I don't have a 8 database that I can test this on, but it should work.  Date format models allow for character literals in them.  They need to be enclosed in double quotes.  So your date format should look something like this:

yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi

Give it a try:

select to_date('20151014T1028','yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi') from dual;
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awking00Commented:
Example control file showing to_date function on load. Note - yourdtfield must be date datatype on yourtable
LOAD DATA
INSERT INTO TABLE yourtable
...
(
...
yourdtfield "TO_DATE(:yourdtfield,'yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi')"
...
)
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m_jundiAuthor Commented:
1) SQL*Loader-350: Syntax error at line 12.
Expecting "," or ")", found "(".
TO_DATE(EXTRACT_DATE,'yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi'),

2)SQL*Loader-350: Syntax error at line 12.
Expecting "," or ")", found "T".
EXTRACT_DATE "TO_DATE(:EXTRACT_DATE,'yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi')",

My Control File :
LOAD DATA
INFILE 'c:\order.txt'
INTO TABLE ORDERS
fields terminated by '|'
TRAILING NULLCOLS
(ITEM,
NAME,
EXTRACT_DATE "TO_DATE(:EXTRACT_DATE,'yyyymmdd"T"hh24:mi')",
DELIVER_MODE_CODE)
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
You have double quotes inside of double quotes.  You need to escape them.  The line in your control file should be:

EXTRACT_DATE "TO_DATE(:EXTRACT_DATE,'yyyymmdd\"T\"hh24:mi')",
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m_jundiAuthor Commented:
Also got an error :

SQL*Loader-350: Syntax error at line 12.
Expecting "," or ")", found "T".
EXTRACT_DATE "TO_DATE(:EXTRACT_DATE,'yyyymmdd\"T\"hh24:mi')",

Anyhow I was able to extract the date only using this :
EXTRACT_DATE "to_date(substr(replace(:EXTRACT_DATE,'T',' '),1,13),'YYYYMMDD HH24:MI')"
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
Odd.  It worked fine for me.  Here is my control file:
LOAD DATA
	INFILE *
	DISCARDMAX 9999
	APPEND INTO TABLE mytab
	fields terminated by "	"
	trailing NULLCOLS
	(
		EXTRACT_DATE "TO_DATE(:extract_date,'yyyymmdd\"T\"hh24:mi')"
	)
BEGINDATA
20151014T1028

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Just created a simple table with:
CREATE TABLE mytab 
  ( 
     extract_date DATE 
  ); 

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Then loaded using SQL*Loader.  No problems, loaded just fine.
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