13 November 2010

What is FNDLOAD and how to use it?

What is FNDLOAD and how to use it?
when we are working in oracle application development/implementation project? The equally important AOL data Migration takes place necessary to synchronize the data across databases instance during installation and upgarde.
Using FNDLOAD can download data from an application entity into an editable text file, which can be uploaded to another database.The Conversion between database format and text file format is specified by a configuration file.
What can be Done?
·It can be done following list
· Concurrent Programs, Executables
· Request Groups, Request Sets
· Profile Options
· Key and Descriptive Flexfields
· Menus and Responsibilities
· Forms and Form Functions
· Attachments
· Messages
· Value Sets and Values
· Lookup Types
· User Responsibilities
· Printer Definitions
· FND Dictionary
· Help Configuration
· Document Sequences
· Concurrent Manager Schedules
Advantages when using FNDLOAD
1. Because downloaded data is stored in a text file, version administration is possible
2. No learning curve. this is relief for developer/dbas
3. Fully supported and recommended by Oracle
4. Capture the migrations in a file and use it during installations(log file).
5. Pin-point when something happened and where (database) easily
6. AOL data migration process is now simplified
1. Applications patching mechanisms use FNDLOAD heavily possibility of negative impact is not zero
2. No validation against migrating database/instance sensitive data
The Syntax
To use FNDLOAD, the following syntax is needed.

FNDLOAD apps/appspwd 0 Y mode configfile datafile entity [parameter1.....]
· The mode is either DOWNLOAD or UPLOAD.
· The configfile is the file that Fndload needs to download on upload data.
· T he data file is the output file, in which the downloaded data is written
· The entity is the entity you want to download,
Example of download:
FNDLOADapps/pwd 0 Y DOWNLOAD ${FND_TOP}/patch/115/import/afcpprog.lct myfile.ldt \ PROGRAM CONCURRENT_PROGRAM_NAME= concurrent_program_short_name> APPLICATION_SHORT_NAME=
Example of Upload
FNDLOAD apps/pwd 0 Y UPLOAD ${FND_TOP}/patch/115/import/afcpprog.lct myfile.ldt – CUSTOM_MODE=FORCE undocumented parameter
Where is Config File Located

· Configuration files with extension .lct
o On Unix – all the configuration files are in $FND_TOP/patch/115/import directory
o On Unix Oracle also places the original configuration files in $FND_TOP/admin/import directory
·Data files with extension .ldt
· The configfiles (.lct) are delivered and maintained by Oracle
· It has entity definitions, parent-child relationships and user input parameters identified by :NAME
oDownloading a parent automatically downloads all children – (Example) Concurrent Program download
Sample Script Code for these Objects :
1 – Printer Styles
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/afcppstl.lct file_name.ldt STYLE PRINTER_STYLE_NAME=printer style name
2 – Lookups
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWN
LOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/aflvmlu.lct file_name.ldt FND_LOOKUP_TYPE APPLICATION_SHORT_NAME=prod LOOKUP_TYPE=lookup name
3 – Descriptive Flexfield with all of specific Contexts
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/afffload.lct file_name.ldt DESC_FLEX P_LEVEL=?COL_ALL:REF_ALL:CTX_ONE:SEG_ALL? APPLICATION_SHORT_NAME=prod DESCRIPTIVE_FLEXFIELD_NAME=desc flex name P_CONTEXT_CODE=context name
4 – Key Flexfield Structures
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/pa
tch/115/import/afffload.lct file_name.ldt KEY_FLEX P_LEVEL=?COL_ALL:FQL_ALL:SQL_ALL:STR_ONE:WFP_ALL:SHA_ALL:CVR_ALL:SEG_ALL? APPLICATION_SHORT_NAME=prod ID_FLEX_CODE=key flex code P_STRUCTURE_CODE=structure name
5 – Concurrent Programs
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/afcpprog.lct file_name.ldt PROGRAM APPLICATION_SHORT_NAME=prod CONCURRENT_PROGRAM_NAME=concurrent name
6 – Value Sets
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/afffload.lct file_
name.ldt VALUE_SET FLEX_VALUE_SET_NAME=value set name
7 – Value Sets with values
FNDLOAD apps/apps@seed115 O Y DOWNLOAD $FND_TOP/patch/115/import/afffload.lct file_name.ldt VALUE_SET_VALUE FLEX_VALUE_SET_NAME=value set name

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