How to convert a txt file field that is a date into an Access table as a date type field ?
Posted on 2006-07-06
I created a DTS package to utlimately create an Excel report.
I am starting out with a txt file, that contains a date field.
One of the first steps I perform with the DTS package is a "Transform Data Task" with a SOURCE of the txt file and the DESTINATION is an Access table.
For a date field in the txt file called [Invoice Date], I defined the Access table with a receiving field also called [Invoice Date] with a field type of Datetime.
I was trying to transfer the text field called [Invoice Date] on the txt file with date values to an Access field also called [Invoice Date] as a date field because I need to perform some date comparisons with this field once the txt file is loaded into the Access table.
This causes the following error when I run the DTS package:
Transform Data Task: undefined
The number of failing rows exceeds the maximum specified.
Transform Copy 'DTS Transformation_6' conversion error:
Conversion invalid for data types on column pair 1
(source column 'col006' (DBTYPE_STR), destination column 'Invoice Date' (DBTYPE_DBTIMESTAMP))
Is there a way to convert the txt date field to a date type field in the Access table ?
If I don't convert the data type to a date field when I move the txt file to an Access table, then if I move the date field to Excel, the field will be a text field
and won't I have a problem conveting the date to a different date format in Excel. Also won't I have a problem testing date ranges with a date field that is
of type nvarchar in the Access table?