Directories replaces utl_file_dir from 9iR2. Not before that. Regards, Satheesh Babu.S -----Original Message----- From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paula Stankus Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 2:13 AM To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: re: utl_file, directories and oracle 8i Okay, I have used utl_file successfully in my 8i databases. I have used directories successfully in my 10g databases. When I try to use utl_file and directories together in 8i it doesn't work and I end up using the utl_file with a specific file directory. Is there limitations in 8i to directories? I get invalid path. Thanks, Paula _____ Do you Yahoo!? Everyone is raving about the all-new <http://us.rd.yahoo.com/evt=42297/*http:/advision.webevents.yahoo.com/mailbe ta> Yahoo! Mail.