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automating text transfer

Posted on 2008-11-14
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Last Modified: 2013-11-27

I need to import multiple text files into an ACCESS table. All text files have the same format, but are for dfferent years. I have imported the first file (1961) and now wish to import a further 45 files by using a loop in VBA and replacing the year by x.

The file names are:



I have written a smple loop using the transfer text function, however i get the error message 'Run-time error '3051': The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file C:\Program Files\BarBack 6.0\drinks.mdb.  It is already opened exclusively by another user or you need permission to view its data'. However, the text file is not open, the acces table is not open, and the databse is no read-only. Please help!


Sub Append()
    For x = 61 To 99
        DoCmd.TransferText acImportDelim, , "Mean_wind", "C:\Documents and Settings\19" & x & "010100-19" & x & "123123_all-vars_219836", Yes
    Next x
End Sub

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Question by:ferranti
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Jim P. earned 1200 total points
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"Append" is a key/reserved word in Access/JET/VBA.

Try renaming Import_Files.

List of Microsoft Jet 4.0 reserved words

List of reserved words in Access 2002 and Access 2003
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rockiroads earned 300 total points
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the test you did was on this db?

so if you wrote the code to do 2 imports, one after the other, does that work?

Just to make sure, the db might be writable but the folder it exists on, is that writable?

Also its worth adding validation in your code, make sure your file exists

    Dim x As Integer
    Dim sFile As String
    For x = 61 To 99
        sFile = "C:\Documents and Settings\19" & x & "010100-19" & x & "123123_all-vars_219836"
        If Dir$(sFile) <> "" Then
            DoCmd.TransferText acImportDelim, , "Mean_wind", sFile, True
            MsgBox Not "WARNING: The file " & vbCrLf & sFile & vbCrLf & does
        End If
    Next x

Not sure about append though, I thought it was valid for it to be a procedure name. I could be mistaken though.

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also might be worth doing a compact/repair
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also might be worth doing a compact/repair

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Hi - there were 2 problems with the code. I needed to change Append to Transfer_File (thanks jimpen), and add .txt to the end of the filename. Rockiroads thanks for the tip on using the message box.
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Glad to be of assistance. May all your days get brighter and brighter.

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