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Is there a way to put comments in a data pump export parameter file?

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Yes, by using # at the start of a line.

Actually everything after the # sign will be ignored, so this can be used after a parameter as well.

This is a bit hidden in the manual:

Table names specified on the command line cannot include a pound sign (#), unless the table name is enclosed in quotation marks. Similarly, in the parameter file, if a table name includes a pound sign (#), then the Export utility interprets the rest of the line as a comment, unless the table name is enclosed in quotation marks

Quoted from: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/server.112/e22490/dp_export.htm#sthref137

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