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Is it possible to install SQL*Loader without installing the whole Oracle package?

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Yes. In the client install package, custom installation, you can select database utilities as part of the install, which should get you SQL*Loader, among other things.

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Do you mean this: I can't find SQL*Loader there. – tuler Dec 16 '09 at 18:54
No, not the instant client, you'll need to install from the full Oracle Client package. I don't think SQL*Loader will work with the instant client, so you'll need a minimal runtime oracle client install. – DCookie Dec 16 '09 at 19:24… is the 10gR2 client for MS Windows. – DCookie Dec 16 '09 at 19:30

the comments above were what i was looking for.

the "instant client" has sqlplus, but does not have sqlldr.

sqlldr requres the (full) "client" which is hidden off of a tiny fine print link on the craptacular oracle site.

"Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Client ( for Microsoft Windows (32-bit)"

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Gosh, thank you. Took me all morning just to install that one program... at least I'm motivated because we use it to finally get away from oracle. – Mene Jul 18 at 14:11

It seems, there is also a way to install SQL*Loader with instant clients:

I'm quite sure it is not supported by Oracle and you need a client installation like DCookie explained. But it could be a solution when you need to install it on multiple servers.

The alternative solution would be to make a installation like DCookie explained and create a rpm/deb from it and push it to multiple servers.

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