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Re: Syntax Error?

From: Michael Ewan <michael(dot)ewan(at)intel(dot)com>
To: Rich Shepard <rshepard(at)appl-ecosys(dot)com>
Cc: "pdxpug(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pdxpug(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Syntax Error?
Date: 2011-02-03 18:52:58
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On 02/03/2011 10:38 AM, Rich Shepard wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Feb 2011, Ewan, Michael wrote:
>> The quotes should not be in the data.  One of the "features" of COPY is
>> that the input is delimited so you don't need quotes, at least that is my
>> experience. I'll send you a sample script I wrote that creates a COPY
>> script that can be run directly from the command line.  Give me a few
>> minutes to get back to my desk.
>     Ah, so! I've been using SQLite3 the past couple of years embedded in my
> models and columns are flexible in the data they accept.
>     So, when I export the data from the spreadsheets I should either not
> define a text quote or remove them in emacs before I COPY them into the
> table.
> This is highly valuable information!
> Rich

Here's a sample Perl script for reading rows of data and filtering for 
the write format for the COPY.  Using the COPY ... from stdin; syntax 
greatly simplifies bulk input.  You would take the resulting file from 
this filter and run it with :

psql --single-transaction -U user -d database -h hostname -f foo.sql


use strict;
my $inp;
my ($col1, $col2, $col3, $col4, $col5, $col6, $col7, $col8);

print STDOUT "COPY table1 (col1, col2, col3, col4, col5, col6, col7, 
col8) from stdin;\n";
while ($inp = <>) {
     ($col1, $col2, $col3, $col4, $col5, $col6, $col7, $col8) = 
split(/\s+/, $inp);
     # the end of record delimiter is new line
     print STDOUT 
# the EOF delimiter for COPY from stdin is '\.'
print STDOUT "\\.\n";

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