Oracle DataPump “INCLUDE” parameter and limit of 4000 chars

I’ve seen a question about the INCLUDE parameter of DataPump at OTN Forums. The user needed to enter 900+ tables into include parameter but she got “UDE-00014: invalid value for parameter, ‘include'”:

Although there’s no limit on the number of objects you enter, “include” parameter accepts only 4000 characters. A simple workaround is to use a table to hold the names of the tables/objects and use this table with include parameter:

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  1. Lucky

    Can we do the same with INCLUDE for SCHEMA parameter?
    if yes, can you please show in an example par file.

    Thanks & regards.

  2. Sk

    What if I have to export partition from different tables and the their number is huge?

  3. Ravivarman


    I want to do multiple tables export by giving values dynamically  in metadata filter. Either by using NAME_LIST or NAME_EXPN.

    Here I am getting table names from a IN parameter.


    Hi  Gokhan

    Once again , my special thanks for your posting. It’s great.

    $ expdp system/manager dumpfile=dp:f1.dmp full=y EXCLUDE =SCHEMA:”=’SCOTT'”

    LRM-00116: syntax error at ‘SCHEMA:’ following ‘=’

    What i came to know, Expdp exclude is not given correctly in Oracle documentation. Is this really true?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ch

      I think this way is wrong,I tried many times didn’t succeed

  5. Burak

    güzel yazınız için teşekkürler.  Fakat verdiğiniz format linux’de bir türlü çalışmadı.  aşağıdaki hatayı veriyor.

    Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release – 64bit Production
    With the Partitioning, Real Application Clusters, Automatic Storage Management, OLAP,
    Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
    ORA-39001: invalid argument value
    ORA-39071: Value for INCLUDE is badly formed.
    ORA-00936: missing expression

    include parametresini aşağıdaki gibi düzenlediğimde linux üzerinde çalıştırabildim.

    include=”table:\” in (SELECT tbl_name FROM list_of_tables)\””


    Tekrardan teşekkürler…


  6. Denys

    oracle datapump “include” or “exclude” parameters does have some limit, but you can try to use “parfile” parameter and split your queries into smaller ones:

    expdp DADM/passwd DIRECTORY=DMP_DIR SCHEMAS=DADM DUMPFILE=dadm_tables_data.dmp CONTENT=DATA_ONLY parfile=import.par

    content of import.par:

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