I am writing an Oracle control file (load script) that will read a data file that contains multiple decimal fields that have trailing minus signs for negative numbers (there is a space for positive numbers – there is no plus sign). The records are fixed length, but the decimal numbers aren’t a consistent size, so I can’t write it to look for the minus sign in a certain column. (Here is an example of the input):
123123123 1.25- 123123123123123

344312334 10.50- 345345345234622

111111122 5.00 545251454545244

333332221 5000.00- 231454545245455

Does anyone know if Oracle has a mask that will let me load these numbers, or if there is another way to do it?

Thanks,

Bill

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