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I got a new Vendor and FTP the flat text file. However for some reason  <carriage return> and <linefeed> does not work and instead of structured data (seven fields per row I got one string. In my package the row terminator is set to {CR}{LF} but seems cannot find it in the text. Did anybody have this problem before? Any suggestions? Thank you.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Are you show the row delimiter is CrLf?  Perhaps it is just Lf.  You can confirm this with a Hex editor otherwise you can post a sample here and we can verify for you.
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by:Burzhuin
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I confirmed it and it is CrLf.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Then I am afraid I have no idea what could be going on given all the information you have provided.

Good luck.
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Make sure the text file is sent over FTP in ASCII mode instead of BINARY mode
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by:Zberteoc
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How about the field terminator, what is it set for? Also can you attach a data sample?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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@AlexPace, ASCII mode normally does line-ending translations, BINARY mode does not.  In addition, it does it going both ways so even if it gets translated when uploaded, it will be re-translated when downloaded so it will look like nothing was changed on the server when it was.
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by:AlexPace
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@DaveBaldwin, yes that's why I suggested it.  It is possible that the new host is not a windows box so using ASCII mode will "fix" the line endings as far as SQL Server is concerned.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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@AlexPace, good then, I wasn't sure.  Looks the poster agrees with you.
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