Contributed by Rifraf
on Dec 06, 2001 at 02:31 UTC
> database programming
How do I select an object of type BINARY FILE LOB in an Oracle
database. The column in the table is a locator that points
to a flat file, it is called a B File.
|Answer: How do I access Oracle B Files|
contributed by Snuggle
This question is pretty vauge, but here it goes...
In ORACLE, binary files are housed in a couple of different formats.
LOB, BLOB, CLOB are all pretty much the same in that they hold the binary
information in the database itself. BFiles are basically, as you said, pointers to files on the
OS. I assume your question is that you want to populate a table with some BFiles, and not that you want to get the files actually on the database
Use of the function
BFILENAME(<directory handle>, '<filename>')
will return a handle to the bfile that you can then INSERT
into the table. One thing about the <directory handle> parameter...
In your init.ora file in your Oracle Home you need to include the line
UTL_FILE_DIR = <path>
You then need to have give the directory a handle by using the following SQL:
You can check that the directory handle was made by:
CREATE OR REPLACE DIRECTORY <directory handle> AS '<path>'
It is this directory handle that you have to send to BFILENAME to tload the file pointer into the Database.
SELECT * FROM sys.user_directories
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