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SQL 2005 SSIS Add an unrelated header line to a text file

Posted on 2009-07-15
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I need to add an unreleated header line to the top of a text file I'm already extraciting using a SSIS package.

The extracted file needs to look like this:

HDR | MERCHANT REF | MERCHANT NAME | TIME STAMP
1321 | Cushions | CC1234/01| In Stock | £120.00 | Percentage Discount | 50 | etc.
1321 | Cushions | CC1234/01| In Stock | £120.00 | Percentage Discount | 50 | etc.
1321 | Cushions | CC1234/01| In Stock | £120.00 | Percentage Discount | 50 | etc.
1321 | Cushions | CC1234/01| In Stock | £120.00 | Percentage Discount | 50 | etc.
1321 | Cushions | CC1234/01| In Stock | £120.00 | Percentage Discount | 50 | etc.

The header row has a differnet number of columns and different data type from the rest of the extract. So I can't just populate the first row of the source table. So:

1. How do I ammend the SSIS package to write a custom header row to the text file before the rest of the data is written?
2. What expression will give me a time stamp in the final column of the header row?
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You can add the header after creating the file, correct?
You can use a script task to add an extra row in the header!
Regards,
Pedro
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by:Christie_M
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Thanks Pedro, there is nothing to stop me adding the header retrospectively. I just don't know how to do that. Do you have an example script that I could use?
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Take a look to the package I made here and try to customize!
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Pedro
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