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Re: How do I get column name that causing ORA-01438

amit poddar


DWH1) oerr ora 12899
12899, 00000, "value too large for column %s (actual: %s, maximum: %s)"
// *Cause: An attempt was made to insert or update a column with a value
//         which is too wide for the width of the destination column.
//         The name of the column is given, along with the actual width
//         of the value, and the maximum allowed width of the column.
//         Note that widths are reported in characters if character length
//         semantics are in effect for the column, otherwise widths are
//         reported in bytes.
// *Action: Examine the SQL statement for correctness.  Check source
//          and destination column data types.
//          Either make the destination column wider, or use a subset
//          of the source column (i.e. use substring).
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DWH1) oerr ora 1438
01438, 00000, "value larger than specified precision allowed for this column"
// *Cause: When inserting or updating records, a numeric value was entered
//         that exceeded the precision defined for the column.
// *Action: Enter a value that complies with the numeric column's precision,
//          or use the MODIFY option with the ALTER TABLE command to expand
//          the precision.

they are different errors 1438 is for numeric columns and 12899 seems to be varchar2 columns

Syed Jaffar Hussain wrote:

I am just surprised to see this result.

We are on 10gR2, we don't get such information as you get when the error occurs. Interestingly, Oracle support doesn't mention that its available with 10gR2.
I have just done a simulation test on 10R2 with patch, still I don't get the same explanation as you have shown.

Can you elabrate more on this.


On 2/22/07, Niall Litchfield <niall.litchfield@gmail.com> wrote:
They already granted your request.
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-12899: value too large for column "NIALL"."TEST"."C1" (actual: 4, maximum: 1)
Oracle 10.2 New Feature.

On 2/22/07, Syed Jaffar Hussain <sjaffarhussain@gmail.com > wrote:

We have request to Oracle for an enhancement.

The trace file although doesn't show the column name, but, you have enough information to find out. No matter, this is little bit time consuming.


On 2/22/07, Anand Rao <panandrao@gmail.com > wrote:
hmmm ..its rather difficult even with the event setting. the trace file doesn't explicitly show me the column name.

SQL> create table emp (col1 number(3));

Table created.


Session altered.

SQL> insert into emp values (1111) ;
insert into emp values (1111)
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01438: value larger than specified precision allows for this column


Session altered.

of course, for varchar2 columns, the error reported isn't ORA-1438 but ORA-01401.

now, if you look at the trace file, you really need to search for the keyword "COL1" (the column name i used) to be actually able to find something. there is no clear message that shows that this column violated the rule.


ksedmp: internal or fatal error

ORA-01438: value larger than specified precision allows for this column
Current SQL statement for this session:
insert into emp values (1111)
----- Call Stack Trace -----


In case an insert or update has more than 5,6 columns, it is a cumbersome task to search for each column_name i suppose.

guess the easiest is SQLPlus, where the ' * ' character points to the column/value which violates the rule.

i know this event is the probably as far as we can go...or is there something else?


On 22/02/07, Mladen Gogala < mgogala@vmsinfo.com > wrote:
Syed Jaffar Hussain wrote:
> Mladen,
> Yes, I do set the event to trace the culprit. The problem is that when
> I enable this event, Oracle is taking around 6 second to return the
> error msg. on the sql prompt. And ours is a very high OLTP application
> where around 500 tps take places.
> We have request Oracle for an enhancement. Because, when constraints
> violates, Oracle do gives the constrain name and details, likewise, I
> would like to have so and so column in the particular table is the
> culprit.

Syed, it's you who should discover the problem and fix the SQL. It's
done once, in a sqlplus session
and then turned off. It's not intended for all users.

Mladen Gogala
Sr. Oracle DBA
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Email: mgogala@vmsinfo.com

Best Regards,
Syed Jaffar Hussain
Oracle ACE
8i,9i & 10g OCP DBA

"Winners don't do different things. They do things differently."

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA

Best Regards,
Syed Jaffar Hussain
Oracle ACE
8i,9i & 10g OCP DBA

"Winners don't do different things. They do things differently."