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Whitespace issue in sqlldr data file

Discussion in 'SQL PL/SQL' started by club, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. club

    club Active Member

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    Hi Friends,

    I am facing one weird issue in sqlloader data file. In data file , I am receiving column value which is of date format. Now whenever that column doesn't contain any values instead of sending it as NULL they are sending whitespaces. Date is of format DD-MON-YYY. Total length is 11 character. So whenever this column don't have any data , I am getting 11 whitespaces. Due to this I my loader program erroring out. Hence I change the data type to VARCHAR2 to load all the data without any error.

    Now the main issue is that how to make column value as NULL whenever we encountered whitespaces in our table.
    I tried REPLACE command on sqlldr control file as well used in update script, but no success.

    Please help me and provide your suggestion to resolve this issue.

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. rajenb

    rajenb Forum Expert

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    Try using:

    Code (SQL):
        field_name                   "TRIM(:field_name)"
    in control file.