Part II SQL*Loader

The following topics about the SQL*Loader utility are discussed:

SQL*Loader Concepts

This includes information about SQL*Loader and its features, as well as data loading concepts (including object support). It discusses input to SQL*Loader, database preparation, and output from SQL*Loader.

SQL*Loader Command-Line Reference

This describes the command-line syntax used by SQL*Loader. It discusses command-line arguments, suppressing SQL*Loader messages, sizing the bind array, and more.

SQL*Loader Control File Reference

This describes the control file syntax you use to configure SQL*Loader and to describe to SQL*Loader how to map your data to Oracle format. It provides detailed syntax diagrams and information about specifying data files, tables and columns, the location of data, the type and format of data to be loaded, and more.

SQL*Loader Field List Reference

This describes the field list section of a SQL*Loader control file. The field list provides information about fields being loaded, such as position, data type, conditions, and delimiters.

Loading Objects_ LOBs_ and Collections

This describes how to load column objects in various formats. It also discusses how to load object tables, REF columns, LOBs, and collections.

Conventional and Direct Path Loads

This describes the differences between a conventional path load and a direct path load. A direct path load is a high-performance option that significantly reduces the time required to load large quantities of data.

SQL*Loader Express

This describes SQL*Loader express mode, which allows you to quickly and easily load simple data types.