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SSRS:  Options for Exporting

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Hello:

Although it might seem more logical to use SSIS instead of SSRS for this project, I'm going to use SSRS.

Ultimately, what I'd like to do--once I have my report created--is to export the data from SSRS to a text file.

I know that there is no such direct export available.  So, I will export to Excel and then save the Excel spreadsheet as a text file.

Now, the SSRS report is going to be pulling from at least one view in the SQL database.  And, that view is going to format fields to contain column lengths.  Retaining these column lengths is very important.

So, if I export to Excel and then save as text, will the column length formatting be saved?

Thanks!

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I do not think so, in excel your text formating normally uses a delimiter between the data columns, no fixed lengths .
One way is to build a VB or C# net app that will read the SSRS field (which is only a XML formated file) and have it rewrite to a new file in a text format.
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Update:  Since posting this, I found the following:

http://seanmkrause.com/2012/10/09/sql-server-2008-r2-tab-exports/

Ultimately, I want to be able to export from SSRS directly to a text file.  Aside from having to rename the extension to .txt, the URL that I just pasted above sounds like I can do so.

Specifically, the programming for one of report's views in SQL contains measurements for most of the fields as shown here:

SELECT
'MED' as company,
CAST('000HEADER' as CHAR(15)) as rectype,
CAST('' as CHAR(91)) as filler,
CAST('02.00' as CHAR(5)) as version,
CAST('16860' as CHAR(5)) as id,
CAST('EMPLOYER' as CHAR(20)) as type,
CAST('I' as CHAR(1)) as code,
CAST('' as CHAR(5)) as source_service,
CAST('' as CHAR(1)) as empl_id_only,
CAST('' as CHAR(1)) as multiple_work_times

Update 2:  I just tried the instructions mentioned in the URL article that I pasted.  It did allow for the exporting directly to a tab-delimited file.  So, I saved this .csv file as a .txt file.  And, it saved my SQL fixed column lengths!  Good.  That's what I wanted.  

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