Exporting a table data to csv file


I am having a stored procedure which creates a csv file and insets data into the file from the table.

one column of the table is a number(4) and it requires a formatting of hh:mm
I did that formatting and this table also has -ve values.

Like -23:59, -03:56 etc..

On exporting to CSV file, when opened in note pad or word pad, the records are written properly without any problem but on opening with excel file, there is a problem.

For the rows which should contain records like -23:59 etc it i showing #value and when i clicked on the #value, it shows =-23:59..which means it is taking that number as a formula.

I need to know how to overcome this problem, all i wanted is that -23:59 and similar records should be available as it is required.

Please help resolve(I am using UTIL file package to write the data to csv file)

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slightwv (䄆 Netminder)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Make sure the data is stored as:  ="-23:39",="-03:56"

Then when you open it in Excel it will be seen as text.
Billy RothTech Team VolunteerCommented:
you could try using another spreadsheet app that allows different csv delimiters such as openoffice.org calc.  setup pure comma delimiters and remove the "" text field quoted delimiters.  Do most of your data processing in a editor like notepad++ with regular expressions and such, and then open in openoffice calc.
1) While writing data to CSV file using UTIL file package, make sure for at least negative values to surround with string delimiter as double quotes (") on either side. Also, in between column/field values, add a comma (,) as delimter

2) If double quotes (") OR comma (,) are used by any chance in actual data, then use any other special characters like #, ~, ^ etc. to make the CSV & it's data to open up correctly in Excel workbook's sheet

3)  Always, it is better to use TextPad for opening CSV or DAT files. It has rich formatting features

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neoarwinAuthor Commented:
@slightwv I tried doing this ="-23:39",="-03:56"

But now the csv file is not getting generated, when I tried .txt it is getting generated.

UTL_FILE.put_line (v_file,
                         || ','
                         || v_division
                         || ','
                         || v_region
                         || ','
                         || v_cmpgn_nr
                         || ','
                         || v_cmpgn_yr
                         || ','
                         || v_biling_dt
                         || ','
                         || v_dispatch_dt
                         || ','
                         || v_reg_ord_zone_mgr_lmt_dt
                         || ','
                         || v_zone_mgr_reg_ord_blok_tm
                         || ','
                         || v_zone_mgr_comp_ord_blok_tm

 v_zone_mgr_comp_ord_blok_tm this column is what I am talking about.
I don't know why now even the csv file is not getting generated.

Please help
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>I tried doing this ="-23:39",="-03:56"

How did you try it?  I don't see it in the code you posted.

Does v_zone_mgr_comp_ord_blok_tm contain a single value like -23:59 or does it contain the entire list?

If a single value:

|| '="' || v_zone_mgr_comp_ord_blok_tm || '"'

>>I don't know why now even the csv file is not getting generated.

Likely a trapped error in the exception handler.
neoarwinAuthor Commented:
900,Divisão Pantanal,NO ,3,2012,23-JAN-12,24-JAN-12,'' 00:00'','' 21:22'','' 22:33''

These are the records I am trying to insert but now csv file is not getting generated.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>These are the records I am trying to insert but now csv file is not getting generated.

That does not show me how you are generating it...

I need to see the actual code you are using.

>>but now csv file is not getting generated.

It is likely because you are now getting some error in the code when you attempted to add the quotes and '='.

The code probably has an exception handler.

What changes did you make to the code?
neoarwinAuthor Commented:
@slightvw It is working :)
neoarwinAuthor Commented:
Than you very much!!
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