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SQL column Headers to a TXT file

Posted on 2013-11-27
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hi All


I am using the following to take data from an output file and put into a .TXT file
Is it possible within the same procedure to output the first line as the column headers ? if So how do I do it please

thanks
Mike


CREATE Procedure Z_TEST_BCP_Text_File
(
@table varchar(100),
@FileName varchar(100)
)
as
If exists(Select * from information_Schema.tables where table_name='databaselog')
    Begin
        Declare @str varchar(1000)
        set @str='Exec Master..xp_Cmdshell ''bcp "Select * from '+db_name()+'..'+@table+'" queryout "'+@FileName+'" -c -t"|" -T '''
        Exec(@str)
    end
else
    Select 'The table '+@table+' does not exist in the database'


to execute I run the following command
EXEC Z_TEST_BCP_Text_File 'My_File_Name','C:\My_Output_File.txt'
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Lawrence Barnes earned 400 total points
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Two options I think.
1. Create a union query that joins the column names with the data and then BCP that out.  The data would have to be converted to character in the union.
2. BCP out the column names, BCP out the data into a temporary file, then join the two files. The benefit here is that you don't have to convert the data into char.

There's a conversation about this here:  http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=127655 and at the bottom there's a link to an Excel version.

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by:MECR123
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hi

thanks for that - that is a good link

Just one further question please

I have concatenated the 2 files - Header file and Data file - however the data starts off on line 1 as well - is there a way to get this to start on line 2 so that
Line 1 = Headers - Line 2 onwards is the data

thanks
Mike
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by:Lawrence Barnes
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Sounds like you need to switch the order of the concatenation of the two files.  

master..xp_cmdshell 'data.txt >> column headers.txt'
master..xp_cmdshell 'del data.txt'
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by:MECR123
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hi

thanks for that - but I that is not the issue

Line one contains the header and first line of data - the file is coming out as 'test sample 01' attachment
I would like it to come out as 'test sample 01 good' attachment


appreciate you help

thanks
Mike
TEST-SAMPLE-01.txt
TEST-SAMPLE-01-Good.txt
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by:Lawrence Barnes
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I will look at this tonight...sorry about the delay.
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