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Thread: Inserting Multiple Rows

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2002

    Inserting Multiple Rows

    As part of a project I have to write a java application that will read a text file and then send the values to a specified database.

    I have a limited knowledge of SQL and don't know if I can do the following.

    If my database has 3 columns and the text file appears like this

    Can I write an SQL statement like this,
    INSERT INTO Table VALUES('val1','val2','val3','val1','val2','val3')
    Hence both rows are inserted at the same time?

    Or do I have to write a loop to insert each row, individually?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    New Jersey, USA
    You can't.

    You have to use database specify utility to load data in a text file. If you are using Oracle see SQL Loader.

    If you are using SQL Server or Sybase, you can use bcp utility.

    If you are using SQL Server you have another choice of BULK INSERT command.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    You can simply code you app to loop the records.

    Have some psuedo code.

    do while not EOF
    populate variables from text file
    do the insert
    REAL SQL: INSERT INTO myTable (col1,col2, col3) VALUES (" + val1 + ", " + val2 + ", " + val3 + "');"

    You will need to have the values cleaned from any characters that could invalidate your SQL statement such as the ' .

    Depending on the Quantity of Data, you *MAY* wish to turn off logging for the duration of the load, but I would heartily advise against it.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2007
    INSERT INTO employees
    select * from
    (select 7698, 'Blake', 'Manager' from dual) union
    (select 1235, 'Bob', 'Executive' from dual) union
    (select 5465, 'Joe', 'Engineer' from dual);

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