I am importing a database (.dmp) file using the 12c Data Pump import wizard. I created a user for the database and remapped the schema and tablespace. I get the following errors:

  • ORA-39071: Value for NAME_EXPR is badly formed.
  • ORA-01756: quoted string not properly terminated
  • ORA-39012: Client detached before the job started.

The statement begins, "dbms_datapump.metadata_filter(handle => h1, name => 'NAME_EXPR', value => 'IN(''ABSENCE_DURATION'', ... The statement includes a LONG list of tables and the number of characters is 32,659.

I'm thinking that this statement may have exceeded some limit. If that is the case, how would I break this statement into several statements?

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You do not need to enumerate each object you want to export/import, you can pass a query that returns the list:

Connected to:
Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production

SQL> create table t1 as select * from dba_objects;

Table created.

SQL> create table tables_to_export(table_name varchar(128 char));

Table created.

SQL> insert into tables_to_export values ('T1');

1 row created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> exit
Disconnected from Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production

[oracle@o71 ~]$ expdp bp/bp include=table:\"in \(select table_name from tables_to_export\)\"

Export: Release - Production on Thu Jun 15 21:18:57 2017

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Connected to: Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
Starting "BP"."SYS_EXPORT_SCHEMA_01":  bp/******** include=table:"in (select table_name from tables_to_export)"
Processing object type SCHEMA_EXPORT/TABLE/TABLE
. . exported "BP"."T1"                                   9.535 MB   76511 rows
Master table "BP"."SYS_EXPORT_SCHEMA_01" successfully loaded/unloaded
Dump file set for BP.SYS_EXPORT_SCHEMA_01 is:
Job "BP"."SYS_EXPORT_SCHEMA_01" successfully completed at Thu Jun 15 21:19:19 2017 elapsed 0 00:00:21
  • Thanks. I have a sql file that was generated by the impdp command. This file creates a user ("sample"), grants it permissions and then uses it to create tables and sequences, etc. "sample"."table". Can I do a find-replace in the .sql file to make the user a local user, such as "C##sample" or is there a different approach?
    – John Faig
    Commented Nov 6, 2017 at 20:14

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