>>>>> "Bob" == Bob Kline <bkline@stripped> writes:
Bob> On Thu, 28 Oct 1999, Thanh Hoang Chu wrote:
>> I have a huge datafile.txt which contains records that I want to
>> parse into MySQL using command LOAD DATE INFILE. The fields of the
>> records are delimited (positioned) by fixed positionings, rather
>> than character occurances like ' or " or ,. I have been looking
>> around, but couldn't find the syntax for the options of command LOAD
>> DATA INFILE .. to set the positions of the columns in the
>> datafile.txt. Oracle does support positioning of record fields when
>> using sqlloader. I wonder if MySQL does support this. If someone
>> does know, please let me know.
Bob> If you look through the archives for this mailing list you'll see that
Bob> this question has been asked before, and I believe you'll even find some
Bob> Perl code that was posted for converting fixed-length flat files into a
Bob> format suitable for LOAD DATA. To help you with your search, you should
Bob> be aware the the terms "delimited" and "fixed-length" do not mean the
Bob> same thing. "Delimited" generally refers to the use of special
Bob> characters ("delimiters") used to denote boundaries between data
LOAD DATA INFILE can actually handle fixed length datafile:S as long as
the field 'display' length exactly matches the ones in the data file.
Just set all of FIELDS TERMINATED BY, LINES TERMINATED BY and
ESCAPED_BY to "".
PS: Sorry for the long delay before replying, but I just come back from
a 2 weeks vacation trip.