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BCP Function Problem

Hi guys,

I've recently found out about the command prompt function BCP.

I am testing it out, and am able to export data to a file using this:

BCP Northwind.dbo.Categories out c:\categories.txt -n -Smyservername -Uusername -Ppassword

and it works fine, as it outputs this:

Starting copy...
8 rows copied.

So I now want to import the data back into the database, so I use this:

BCP Northwind.dbo.Categories in c:\categories.txt -c -Smyservername -Uusername - Ppassword

and when I run that, it returns the following error:

Starting copy...
SQLState = S1000, NativeError = 0
Error = [Microsoft]pODBC SQL Server Driver]Unexpected EOF encountered in BCP data-file
0 rows copied.



What am I doing wrong?

Cheers guys!
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Cyber-Drugs
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
   
Cyber-Drugs,
> BCP Northwind.dbo.Categories in c:\categories.txt -c -Smyservername  -Uusername - Ppassword

Change 'c' char type to native type(n) and test


BCP Northwind.dbo.Categories in c:\categories.txt -n   -Smyservername  -Uusername - Ppassword


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Cyber-DrugsAuthor Commented:
AHA, works a charm now.

Before I set this question as answered, could you quickly let me know the difference between -c and -n, and which is better for which situation?

Thanks again aneeshattingal!
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
its described in Books online
bcp utiliy-> parameters


mk:@MSITStore:C:\Program%20Files\Microsoft%20SQL%20Server\80\Tools\Books\adminsql.chm::/ad_impt_bcp_3vqr.htm

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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
also you copied data from the table as 'native' format
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Cyber-DrugsAuthor Commented:
Perfect, thanks again! :)
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