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Loading image to BLOB column

I seem to have a problem trying to load an image to a BLOB column. I have created a directory object using CREATE OR REPLACE DIRECTORY MYDIR AS 'C:Temp'. I have also initialized the BLOB column using the EMPTY_BLOB function. Then I ran a procedure that contains the following code segment:
      myfile  := BFILENAME( 'MYDIR', 'PHOTO.GIF' );  
      DBMS_LOB.fileopen(myfile, DBMS_LOB.file_readonly); 
      DBMS_LOB.loadfromfile( blob_col, myfile, DBMS_LOB.getlength(myfile) );  

When I ran the procedure, I received the following error:

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ORA-22288: file or LOB operation FILEOPEN failed
The system cannot find the path specified. I tried different ways to fix the path, but I still get the same error.
Did you try defining the DIRECTORY as 'C:Temp' (using a backslash)? As long as the directory and the file are present, that should work.

This was first published in March 2004

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