SQL insert into statement from text file

Posted on 2011-03-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi Experts,

I have an sql database table that contains three fields:  LoanNumber, Borrower, LoanProgram. I have a text file that contains three values per line with a semicolon as the delimiter. I'm trying to write an insert into statement that will add rows to the database from the text file. What's wrong with my statement below?  Thanks.
use DataEase

insert into LockData ('LoanNumber', 'Borrower', 'LoanProgram')
from 'c:\SPECPROG.txt' 
with (FieldTerminator = ';')

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Question by:asmyatt
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ID: 35218251
I believe that a semi colon is a special character in SQL.  Can you change the delimiter to something else?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
ID: 35218293
If you use managent studio it has an import wizard that can do this.
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Ephraim Wangoya earned 500 total points
ID: 35218295

use BULK insert instead


Author Closing Comment

ID: 35218380
Works good. Thanks

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