Default: The default for conventional and direct path loads is
LDRTRIM. The default for external tables loads is
TRIM parameter specifies the type of trimming to use during the load.
Syntax and Description
TRIM=[LRTRIM | NOTRIM | LTRIM | RTRIM |LDRTRIM]
TRIM parameter is used to specify that spaces should be trimmed from the beginning of a text field, or the end of a text field, or both. Spaces include blanks and other nonprinting characters such as tabs, line feeds, and carriage returns.
NOTRIM indicates that no characters will be trimmed from the field. This setting generally yields the fastest performance.
RTRIM are used to indicate that characters should be trimmed from the field.
LRTRIM means that both leading and trailing spaces are trimmed.
LTRIM means that leading spaces will be trimmed.
RTRIM means trailing spaces are trimmed.
LDRTRIM is the same as
NOTRIM except in the following case:
If the field is a delimited field with
BY specified, and the optional enclosures are missing for a particular instance, then spaces will be trimmed from the left.
If trimming is specified for a field that is all spaces, then the field will be set to
LDRTRIM is supported for forced conventional path and forced direct path loads. Any time you specify the
TRIM parameter, for any value, you receive a message reminding you of this.
If the load is a default external tables load and an error occurs that causes SQL*Loader express mode to use direct path load instead, then
LDRTRM is used as the trimming method, even if you specified a different method or had accepted the external tables default of
LRTRIM. A message is displayed alerting you to this change.
If you want to use
NOTRIM, then you can use a control file with the
The following example reads the fields, trimming all spaces on the right (trailing spaces).
> sqlldr hr TABLE=employees TRIM=RTRIM