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Create table from file and then load the data


Create table from file and then load the data

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Hi,

is there a way via SSIS to create a table to match a file's headers (which can change), and then load that data into the table? I've been looking at BCP, batch load, & script task but can't find the best way.
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g_demetriou (10/15/2013)
Hi,

is there a way via SSIS to create a table to match a file's headers (which can change), and then load that data into the table? I've been looking at BCP, batch load, & script task but can't find the best way.


Nothing easy. So you want a new table every time? What would it be called? How would the column data types be determined?


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You'll need to read the first line of the file (easiest way is a script task), get the individual column names and create a dynamic CREATE TABLE statement using those columns. The easiest method is to give every column a fixed data type, such as varchar(250) NULL.

After the table is created, you can use bcp or BULK INSERT to import the flat file into the table.


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Thanks. I'll give that a go
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