Error IMP-32 Obtained During Import (Doc ID 846397.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 09-Jul-2014***

Symptoms

You try to import an export dump using the original import utility (imp) and received the errors:

IMP-00032: SQL statement exceeded buffer length
IMP-00008: unrecognized statement in the export file


Let's follow the next example that demonstrates this.

-- create a big table (with a large DDL, 1000 columns) in schema test
connect test/test
create table big_table
(
   col000000000000000000000000001 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000002 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000003 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000004 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000005 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000006 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000007 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000008 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000009 varchar2(4000) not null,
   col000000000000000000000000010 varchar2(4000) not null,
   .... 1000 columns
   col000000000000000000000001000 varchar2(4000) not null
);

-- insert one row into table
declare
  i number := 1;
  
begin
  insert into big_table values 
  (
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0'),
     .... 1000 columns
     lpad (to_char (i), 1000, '0')
  );   
  commit;   
end;
/


Export the table with:

#> exp test/test file=big_table.dmp tables=big_table


This ends with:

Export: Release 11.1.0.7.0 - Production on Mon Jun 22 11:52:53 2009

Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.7.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
Export done in WE8MSWIN1252 character set and AL16UTF16 NCHAR character set

About to export specified tables via Conventional Path ...
. . exporting table          BIG_TABLE           1 rows exported
Export terminated successfully without warnings.


Drop the table in schema TEST and import it back from written dump with:

#> imp test/test file=big_table.dmp tables=big_table


This ends with:

Import: Release 11.1.0.7.0 - Production on Mon Jun 22 11:53:55 2009

Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.7.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options

Export file created by EXPORT:V11.01.00 via conventional path
import done in WE8MSWIN1252 character set and AL16UTF16 NCHAR character set
. importing TEST's objects into TEST
IMP-00032: SQL statement exceeded buffer length
IMP-00032: SQL statement exceeded buffer length
IMP-00008: unrecognized statement in the export file:
R2(4000) NOT NULL ENABLE, "COL000000000000000000000000945" VARCHAR2(4000) NOT
NULL ENABLE, "COL000000000000000000000000946" VARCHAR2(4000) NOT NULL ENABLE, "C
OL000000000000000000000000947" VARCHAR2(4000) NOT NULL ENABLE, "COL0000000000000
00000000000948"...
IMP-00032: SQL statement exceeded buffer length
IMP-00008: unrecognized statement in the export file:
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
000000000000000...
. importing TEST's objects into TEST
Import terminated successfully with warnings.

Cause

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