||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Oracle 10g External Tables Unload
You can now unload and transform large volumes of
data into a platform-independent flat file for data propagation or
storage, either serially or in parallel. To unload data using an
external table, utilize the Oracle Database 10g new feature called
the oracle_datapump access driver.
In versions prior to Oracle Database 10g, the
only access method available for Oracle external tables was
oracle_loader, essentially a sqlloader interface that only allowed
reading from external tables into the Oracle database. Now, with the
advent of the oracle_datapump, we can unload internal tables in
external flat files as well.
ORGANIZATION EXTERNAL (TYPE ORACLE_DATAPUMP DEFAULT DIRECTORY
PARAMETERS (LOGFILE log_dir:proj) LOCATION ('proj_dmp'))
* FROM pl.projects;
primary clause that determines if an external table is used for
loading or unloading is the access_parameters clause that follows
the ORGANIZATION EXTERNAL in the above example.
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