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Old 04-27-2005
SQL into UNIX\Oracle - European Characters

Hi All! I'm new to Unix\Oracle but have been working with MS SQL Server for 8 years. I'm in the process of migrating data from MS to Oracle and have hit a problem.

Some of the information I'm porting over has the following characters in it: and to show a few. I'm able to export them out of MS SQL Server without any issues but on the FTP over to the UNIX server they are displayed (using vi to look at it) as so respectively: \37 and \326. If I use SQL Loader and import the file into Oracle, all of those european type letters then show up in Oracle as upside down ? (question marks).

I'm guessing that it might have something to do with the way UNIX is configured, or the way FTP is handling the copy process (tried both ascii and binary file transfers and either worked) but I'm not sure what or where to look? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Patty Hernon
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Old 04-28-2005
Two issues.

Oracle has NLS settings for handling extended characters - this needs to be configured, ask your DBA.

Unix has locale settings try
man locale

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Old 04-28-2005
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