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Oracle - FORALL INSERT

by Jeppe (Monk)
on Dec 17, 2008 at 11:57 UTC ( #730902=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Jeppe has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Esteemed monks,

Is it possible to do a FORALL INSERT from Perl? I've tried writing a procedure, but binding my arrayref of arrayrefs fails. Also, from reading this:

Returning A Recordset ^ DBD::Oracle does not currently support binding a PL/SQL table (aka array) as an IN OUT parameter to any Perl data structure. You cannot therefore call a PL/SQL function or procedure from DBI that uses a non-atomic data type as either a parameter, or a return value. However, if you are using Oracle 9.0.1 or later, you can make use of table (or pipelined) functions.
To the best of my understanding, a FORALL-style INSERT requires binding a PL/SQL table - and this is impossible? Or have I misunderstood something here?

How do others insert massive amounts of data to Oracle tables? The constraints are that

  1. The app needs the generated IDs afterwards.
  2. Table must be fully available during insert.
  3. There may be several processes inserting into the same table at the same time.
I'm currently attempting execute_array, and that doesn't give very much improvement - maybe 5%. Before I decide that the app needs more IO, implementing FORALL INSERT is a prerequisite. So, any help is greatly appreciated!

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