why there is problem with bulk insert

Posted on 2011-02-27
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
First, I create table:
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[ResultsOrdered](
      [DrawDate] [varchar](10) NOT NULL,
      [Sh1] [tinyint] NULL,
      [Sh2] [tinyint] NULL,
      [Sh3] [tinyint] NULL,
      [Sh4] [tinyint] NULL,
      [Sh5] [tinyint] NULL,
      [Sh6] [tinyint] NULL

then I am trying to populate it with data from text file where each row is in format:
dd.MM.yyyy 01 02 03 04 05 06(delimeters are horizontal tabs)

with  bulk insert:
bulk insert ResultsOrdered
from 'c:\ResultsOrdered.txt'

and get the error:
Msg 4864, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Bulk load data conversion error (type mismatch or invalid character for the specified codepage) for row 1, column 1 (DrawDate).

What do  I do wrong?
Question by:AlexKostrub
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by:Aaron Shilo
ID: 34991115

it seems your tring to load date into varchar.
try changing the column type in the table to datetime.
or remove the " . " (period) from the date in the flat file.

Author Comment

ID: 34991251
Using Date type for the first column produces similar error(even with set dateformat dmy). Why I can not load date-semilar data into varchar when it is also a sequence of symbols?
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by:Aaron Shilo
ID: 34991288
i think the issue with datetime format 16/11/1909 (dd/mm/yyyy) while sql server may be expecting in mm/dd/yyyy format
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ID: 34992452
Could you post a snippet of the data?
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ID: 34993503

bulk insert ResultsOrdered
from 'c:\ResultsOrdered.txt'

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