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SSIS - flat file with rows differing in number of fields


I am having issues with a basic Flat File connection trying to pull records that differ in length. The first row has around 200 fields but is not a header row. Subsequent rows have around
10 columns. I included an abbreviated example below and I believe the differing lengths are affecting the outcome as I get a msg reading "The last row in the sampled data is incomplete. The column or the row delimiter may be missing or the text is qualified incorrectly".. So when I review the recs in connection manager I notice the next row starting in the last row instead of starting a new row. It shows the {CR}{LF} but doesn't start a new row. The first 3 rows in the example refer to one acct - the acct num is the 2nd field..The first 2 chars designate the type of row(ie 01=encounter info, 02= charges). {CR}{LF} is the row delim and ^ is the col delim.

01^234566^y^Free text^45000^20020912^fff^940343^9300000+
04^234566^free text^43450-
01^869433^y^Free text^45000^20020912^fff^940343^9300000+
04^869433^free text^43450-

Please let me know if more detail is necessary. Any help would be very much welcomed.

Thanks, Jim

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healthcheckincAuthor Commented:
I think I may have made this sound a little too difficult. What I need to do is to be able to extract certain data from a flatfile. If youll notice from above the first two chars are gonna contain different IDs. With each different ID comes a different set of columns, few of which match. Is there a way to read the flatfile and determine the ID and send them to seperate tables via ODBC destination? Thanks in advance
You can use a conditional split component to split the different types of rows to various destinations based on the first two characters of the row.
You can do that using a script component as a source.

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