Pipe export / import is used to directly transfer data between databases.
For exporting a large data set, necessary precautions in Large Data Set Handling apply.
For importing data with LOB values, it may be necessary to change the batch size to reduce the memory consumption. However, very large LOB values can still cause memory exhaustion issues for some JDBC drivers.
One advantage of using pipe export / import over other formats is the ability to handle some database specific data types, if both the source and the target databases are the same type.
For cross database type transfers, commonly used data types (INTEGER, VARCHAR, VARBYTE, etc) should not be an issue. More database specific types such as Array, Struct are going to be problematic.
.session 0 -- PostgreSQL large data set export settings .set autocommit off .set fetchsize 50 .export pipe SELECT * FROM TextTable ORDER BY a; .session 1 .import pipe .set batchsize 50 INSERT INTO TextTable VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?);