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magento import products with images from csv

Hi i've inherited a magento website. :)

The client has a stock system in his shop that has a daily backup on it.
The backup is stored as a CSV and the company that manages the stock control system then uploads this CSV to the hosting account of the magento website ready for import.


What am trying to work out is:
Does the magento import system require the images to be in a specific folder on the web hosting?

i imagine that the CSV file will have entries for where the images are located? (haven't seen the CSV yet)

what i don't want to happen is for me to upload the new CSV to the site and then magento to say that the csv cant find its product images.

do you know how the CSV knows where to look for the images that belong to each product? does it default to looking for the images in its current "root" location on the hosting?

i need to give the company that deals with the backup a FTP account and i don't know what folder on the hosting is the correct place for them to upload csv and images.

i have no experience of importing products with images on the magento platform so i hope some one here can help thanks!
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GaryCommented:
Using Dataflow?
Images should go in /media/import - you don't need to give the path to the images, just the image name preceded by a slash e.g. /image.jpg

This is from memory as I always used Magmi for imports.
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
thanks. is Magmi just a extension for magento?

sorry am new to magento.
do i you have a link to some instructions of  Magmi?

if i didn't use Magmi and just used the built in importer would i just give the stock control company direct access to the /media/import folder so that they can put both the CSV and the images in the same folder?

thanks
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GaryCommented:
Magmi is a separate plugin (you access it separately from Magento) - uber fast - link is in the comment
http://sourceforge.net/projects/magmi/
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/magmi/index.php?title=Main_Page

And yes to /media/import
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
it says magmi needs: InnoDB tables compatibility (using Transactions)
i just checked the database and it is not using InnoDB as default but is is available.

do i need to set it as default? not sure how to though.
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GaryCommented:
Are you sure its not InnoDB - that's what Magento uses. Anything else would/could cause problems.
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
i followed this guide from another website:

If you need to determine whether or not InnoDB is enabled by querying the database, you should use the INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables.

SELECT SUPPORT FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ENGINES WHERE ENGINE = 'InnoDB';
Which, if InnoDB is enabled and is the default database, gives a result of

+---------+
| SUPPORT |
+---------+
| DEFAULT |
+---------+
If InnoDB is available, but not the default engine, the result will be YES. If it's not available, the result will obviously be NO.


MY RESULT when running the sql was:

SUPPORT
YES
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GaryCommented:
What version are you using? You can convert them.

(Hasn't this question digressed...;o)
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
ty
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
version?

i can open a new question.
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GaryCommented:
Magento version for converting to InnoDB - there are a couple of scripts for the tables.
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
the last hosting the website was on also comes out as SUPPORT: YES

The website is Magento ver. 1.7.0.2
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GaryCommented:
1.Take a backup of the database
2.Take a backup of the database
3.Take a backup of the database

Run the following in PHPMyAdmin or similar changing db-name to your db

SET @DATABASE_NAME = 'db-name';

SELECT  CONCAT('ALTER TABLE ', table_name, ' ENGINE=InnoDB;') AS sql_statements
FROM    information_schema.tables AS tb
WHERE   table_schema = @DATABASE_NAME
AND     `ENGINE` = 'MyISAM'
AND     `TABLE_TYPE` = 'BASE TABLE';

Open in new window


Copy the output and run it as a new sql command
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
i opened another question. i will try with the default magento dataflow importer for now.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Internet_Marketing/E-Commerce/Q_28309954.html
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