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How do you specify the datetime format in format files for bulk insert?

I have some tables that I need to import, and I can easily do that with a simple bulk insert, but in this case I need to map fields because data is not identical in format with the table.

Here my problems start. No matter how I try, I can not create a date format that can be inserted when I use a format file.

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by:lausz
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Can you post a little sample  .?
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by:Custode
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An example :

Format file

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4
1       SQLINT        0       4       "|||"                     1     t2id          ""
2       SQLCHAR       0       20      "|||"                     2     t2_shopid     Danish_Norwegian_CI_AS
3       SQLCHAR       0       100     "|||"                     3     t2_f1         Danish_Norwegian_CI_AS
4       SQLDATETIME   0       8       "||||"                    4     t2_f3         ""


Data file

10|||||||||2002/01/01||||

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by:lausz
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I don't understand ..

is this the field t2id = 10|||
t2_shopid |||
t2_f1 = |||
t2_f3 2002/01/01||||

????

What are you using as column delimiter ?
What is the destination table design ?



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by:Custode
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Create table t2 (
 t2id int primary key not null,
 t2_shopid varchar(20) null,
 t2_f1 varchar(100) null,
 t2_f3 datetime null
)

This is just a table I created to find a solution to the problem. It's easier to play with than a table with 400 fields.

FieldTerminator is '|||' and RowTerminator is '||||'

As I mentioned, it works fine if I use

bulk insert t2 from 'C:\test\t2.txt' with
 (
  FieldTerminator = '|||',
  RowTerminator = '||||'
)

but it doesn't work if I use a format file like the one above.

 
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by:lausz
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I try your example with your bulk insert and the datetime works ok.
What kind of problem do you have.

In your example I have the fields (t2_shopid  and t2_f1) with nulls and the other info ok.
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by:Custode
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Did you do like

bulk insert t2 from 'c:\tmp\t2.txt' with
(
 formatfile = 'c:\tmp\t2.fmt'
)

and make it work?
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by:lausz
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TRY ONLY CHANGING IN LINE 4 FROM .FMT

4       SQLCHAR       0       10      "||||"                    4     t2_f3         ""

I think it works
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Did you try ?
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by:Custode
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Yes, I tried, and It worked.

Thanks.
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