I've never used the COPY command before, but according to the doc (http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/server.102/b14357/apb.htm) your syntax looks wrong to me. It's supposed to be: COPY FROM database INSERT . . . USING . . ; where database has the following syntax: username[/password]@connect_identifier It looks like you've specified schema.table instead of username/password. Regards, Brandon ________________________________ Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.