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I'm trying to import a comma delimited text file into a MS Access database with vb.net. The text file I want to import is named ACD5.txt. The database name is Support_Stats.mdb with one table named Calls. I'm trying the code below, but I'm getting the An unhandled exception of type 'System.Data.OleDb.OleDbException' occurred in system.data.dll error on the cmd.ExecuteNonQuery line. Please see the attached code.
Dim connect As String
        connect = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=U:\Manager\Support Team Measurement\Stats_Database\Support_Stats.mdb"
        Dim conn As New OleDbConnection(connect)
        Dim path As String = "U:\Manager\Support Team Measurement\Stats_Database\Support_Stats.mdb"
        Dim query As String = "INSERT INTO Calls (Week Starting, Inbound ACD Calls, Avg Inbound ACD Time) SELECT Week Starting, Inbound ACD Calls, Avg Inbound ACD Time FROM [Text;DATABASE=" & path & ";].[ACD5.txt]"
        Dim cmd As OleDbCommand = New OleDbCommand(query, conn)
        conn.Open()
        cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()
        conn.Close()

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Jeff Certain earned 500 total points
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Begin by putting [] around the field names. You can't have spaces in field names and expect them to behave well. (It won't take long before this is such a pain that you train yourself out of the habit of using spaces)
   Dim query As String = "INSERT INTO Calls ([Week Starting], [Inbound ACD Calls], [Avg Inbound ACD Time]) SELECT [Week Starting], [Inbound ACD Calls], [Avg Inbound ACD Time] FROM [Text;DATABASE=" & path & ";].[ACD5.txt]"
    

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by:myester
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Chaosian, that works great. Thanks for your help. I normally wouldn't use spaces but that's how it is in the text file so I thought the code needed to match that. I will remember to not use spaces. Thanks again.
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