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ORA-01480: trailing null missing from STR bind value tips

Oracle Error Tips by Donald Burleson(S. Karam)

In Pro*C and ORA-01480 may be caused by a lack of the trailing NULL character, expressed as "\n" or "\0".


strcpy(var1, "abcdefghijklmnopq\n");


The Oracle docs note this on the ORA-01480 error:

ORA-01480: trailing null missing from STR bind value

Cause: A bind variable of type 5 (null-terminated string) does not contain the terminating null in its buffer.

Action: Terminate the string with a null character Oracle MOSC documentation gives a description of ORA-001480 which portrays it much like a bug with certain versions of Oracle:


Problem Description: Attempt to load data into a table with a name more than 30 characters will result in misleading error messages to users of SQL*Loader on the OpenVMS platform.

Simply create a control file (e.g. TEST.CTL) as follows:

Infile *
INTO TABLE Thisisaverylongtablenamewhichcannottexist

at the command line :-


Each version produces an ORA-1480 error (see Note 18882.1)

However, the resulting combination of errors varies with different versions of Oracle running on OpenVMS:-

Solution Description:

Correct the table name in the control file as it is not possible to have a table name with > 30 characters in current versions of Oracle.


Its likely that the user has mistyped an already long table name and the spurious characters have taken the name over 30 characters.



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