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I want to import text documents into sql however it doesn't come in a CSV format and I cant change this.

we receive all files in the attached format. The only thing is that the amount of rows of data between each column can change. I want to insert all the lines of data into 1 column with just a space between line breaks.  Is this possible and how would I go about doing? I have basic knowledge of SQL but nothing advanced.

Contact name:	
data data data	
company name goes in here
around 10 lines of notes could be placed into here.	

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008DB Reporting ToolsMicrosoft SQL ServerSSIS

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Barry Cunney

8/22/2022 - Mon
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>I want to insert all the lines of data into 1 column
No problem.  Just map it to a destination that has only one column.

>with just a space between line breaks.
You'll probably want to import it as-is first, then run T-SQL to remove line breaks that goes somethign like this...

UPDATE YourTable REPLACE(column_name, char(13), ' ')

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I can have random text either before the information that I need to receive as well though. Wont that just create 1 massive line of text? so how would I find what I want and move it in to the corresponding column?
Barry Cunney

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