The following syntax rules apply when using Teradata FastLoad commands:
Commands may begin with a period, but do not have to begin with a period.
If there is no leading period, then there must be a semicolon at the end.
If the command has a leading period, it must all be on one line. Commands that begin
with a period cannot span multiple lines.
Although a semicolon character should always be used to signify the end of a Teradata
FastLoad command, it is not required for simple commands such as SHOW and SESSIONS.
The ending semicolon character is optional for Teradata FastLoad commands that both
begin with a period and are specified on a single line.
Teradata SQL statements must not have a leading period and must always end with a
If the command contains unbalanced double or single quotes, the command must be started
with a period and on a single line. It can terminate with semi‑colon (;).