H.Fadlallah H.Fadlallah - 29 days ago 12
SQL Question

Import CSV File Error : Column Value containing column delimiter

I am trying to Import a Csv File into SQL SERVER using SSIS

Here's an example how data looks like

Joseph Jade,2005-01-01,1,Good listener,Male,Amy
Amy Jade,2006-01-01,1,Good in science,Female,Amy

Csv Columns are not containing text qualifiers (quotations)

I Created a simple package using SSIS to import it into SQL but sometime the data in SQL looked like below

Student_Name Student_DOB Student_ID Student_Notes Student_Gender Student_Mother_Name
Ali Jade 2004-01-01 1 Good listener Bad in science Male,Lisa

The Reason was that somtimes [Student_Notes] column contains Comma (,) that is used as column delimiter so the Row are not imported Correctly

Any suggestions


A word of warning: I'm not a regular C# coder.

But anyway this code does the following:

It opens a file called C:\Input.TXT

It searches each line. If the line has more than 5 commas, it takes all the extra commas out of the third last field (notes)

It writes the result to C:\Output.TXT - that's the one you need to actually import

There are many improvements that could be made:

  • Get file paths from connection managers
  • Error handling
  • An experienced C# programmer could probably do this in hlaf the code

Keep in mind your package will need write access to the appropriate folder

public void Main()
    // Search the file and remove extra commas from the third last field
    // Extended from code at
    // http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1915632/open-a-file-and-replace-strings-in-c-sharp
    // Nick McDermaid        

    string sInputLine;
    string sOutputLine;
    string sDelimiter = ",";
    String[] sData;
    int iIndex;

    // open the file for read
    using (System.IO.FileStream inputStream = File.OpenRead("C:\\Input.txt"))
        using (StreamReader inputReader = new StreamReader(inputStream))
            // open the output file
            using (StreamWriter outputWriter = File.AppendText("C:\\Output.txt"))
                // Read each line
                while (null != (sInputLine = inputReader.ReadLine()))
                    // Grab each field out
                    sData = sInputLine.Split(sDelimiter[0]);
                    if (sData.Length <= 6)
                        // 6 or less fields - just echo it out
                        sOutputLine = sInputLine;
                        // line has more than 6 pieces 
                        // We assume all of the extra commas are in the notes field                                

                        // Put the first three fields together
                        sOutputLine =
                            sData[0] + sDelimiter +
                            sData[1] + sDelimiter +
                            sData[2] + sDelimiter;

                        // Put the middle notes fields together, excluding the delimiter
                        for (iIndex=3; iIndex <= sData.Length - 3; iIndex++)
                            sOutputLine = sOutputLine + sData[iIndex] + " ";

                        // Tack on the last two fields
                        sOutputLine = sOutputLine +
                            sDelimiter + sData[sData.Length - 2] +
                            sDelimiter + sData[sData.Length - 1];


                    // We've evaulted the correct line now write it out

    Dts.TaskResult = (int)Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime.DTSExecResult.Success;