Oracle Error ORA-01461

Oracle Error ORA-01461


Encountered an Oracle database headache that’s got you scratching your head? We dive into the nitty-gritty of resolving two pesky error messages: ‘ORA-01461: can bind a LONG value only for insert into a LONG column’, and its more straightforward cousin, ‘ORA-01704: string literal too long’. This post walks you through the steps to uncover and fix the cause behind these errors, highlighting the role of Bind settings and NLS-LANG configuration. It’s a concise guide designed to navigate you through troubleshooting with ease and clarity, ensuring that your database operations run smoothly again.

The error message presented: “ORA-01461: can bind a LONG value only for insert into a LONG column”, due to the Bind be enabled (recommended), the real error is masked.

If Bind is disabled, the message that appears is: “ORA-01704: string literal too long” which is the correct error message.

Check in your source code what is being sent to the Database and your NLS-LANG configuration.