I have the data in the following form:


I can shape it other way, e.g. make it separated with spaces instead of commas — this output is produced by some Linux shell pipeline, in which last is awk.

I want sqlplus to interpret each line as a separate record to put into temporary table, which I then will be using in a quite simple join within a script.

I expect sqlplus to be able to parse whatever is put into its stdin, is it possible? Or make such data accessible in some other way. There will be typically no more than 30 records. The script must create a table and fill it with such input. How to do that?

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    What have you tried so far? The post right now seems like you want others to write you a script to do your task.
    – A-Tech
    Jun 14 at 13:47
  • I don't want others to write a complete script for me, I want others to give me hints as to how to attack this problem. I tried reading manual, found nothing like I expect, however the answer down there looks promising and I'll try that approach. Jun 14 at 15:08

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Short answer: sqlplus cannot do this.
It reads [Oracle] SQL statements and executes them.
As far as I know, "10334" is not [the start of] a valid SQL statement.

Two possibilities:

  1. Use SQL Loader to get the data into a real table.
    This is probably your best option, as it will validate the data and tell you when the incoming data "doesn't fit" where it's going.
    You'll probably have to pair it up with sqlplus to empty out the table you're loading.

  2. External Tables.
    A bit like using SQL Loader, but done at run time.
    You deliver the file and then Oracle uses a definition, similar to one that SQL Loader would use, to read that data dynamically and to present it as if it were a regular table.
    OK, that sounds great and, as long as your data is absolutely sound, it's probably OK, but as soon as you get any "Bad" Data in there, this all falls apart because it just ignores the "Bad" Data - no warning, no messages, just "less" data than you expected. If you're not aware of this, you can get yourself into all sorts of trouble.

  • Thank you. I can shape this into series of valid SQL statements; as I said, the last in the chain is awk and it's not a problem to change its script from print $1,$2,$3 into print INSERT INTO table VALUES ($1,$2,$3);. Also, even if a few lines from such dataset will be missing, it's not a big problem, it's already filtered with somewhat arbitrary threshold value. Jun 14 at 15:04
  • You would still have to write those commands to a file, then call sqlplus separately to run the SQL script. You cannot pipe or chain stdin to sqlplus.
    – pmdba
    Jun 14 at 15:14
  • Errrm - I rather think you /can/. I've been doing it in scripts for years. sqlplus <<EOL [sql statements] EOL The "trick" is avoiding having to embed the password into that redirected stream (which is, of course, what Wallets are for).
    – Phill W.
    Jun 15 at 7:59

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