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Loading Comma Delimited Data using PL/SQL

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator


Often times, the DBA will need to load variable length, comma delimited data into Oracle tables. There is an alternative to using SQL*Loader and that is to use PL/SQL.

There are many advantages to using a PL/SQL program to load data like having the flexibility to query data from any table, perform arithmetical statements on the data and having the ability to use any of the built-in Oracle functions on the data.

The following files are provided as examples to loading variable length, comma delimited data into the database.


Comma Delimited Example
The following DDL script will create the DEPT table to load the data into
Example datafile. The data in the file is comma delimited and contains three fields.
The code for the "load_data" PL/SQL procedure.

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