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Fix SQL*Loader date format errors

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Question:  I'm trying to do a sqlldr for a date column and I get the error "Missing right parenthesis" with this:

PUBLISH_DATE TIMESTAMP "to_date('12/24/2006 3:00:00 PM','MM/DD/YYYY HH:Mi:SS AM')"

I also tried this and got a "ORA-01821: date format not recognized":

PUBLISH_DATE DATE "to_date('12/24/2006 3:00:00 PM','MM/DD/YYYY HH:Mi:SS AM')"

How can I specify a default date like this in the sqlldr control file without a syntax error?

Answer: Whenever you invoke a SQL built-in expression (to_date, to_char, etc.), you need the keyword 'expression' after your column name to tell SQL*Loader that what follows should be executed as SQL code.


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