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May 27, 2014

I am working on SSIS Packages. I have raw files in which data is in text qualifier.

When I am trying to load files into database it's throwing me error when there is no values in text qualifier.

For Example. "Others","0","0"," "," "

If I have the value above in raw files. SSIS Package throwing me error in " " this column.

Saying Data Conversion failed.

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Mar 12, 2015

In SQL 2005 if i was trying to insert some data with a text qualifier inside a text qualified field, it would work, for example:

"Name","ID ","Location","","Comany",""House Name" Road",

In SQL 2012, this fails with the error message, cannot find the text qualifer for field.

To get around this, we are having to import the data into a Dirty Data column of aTEMP table, ID, Dirty Data, Clean data - perform multiple updates and change the text qualifier and ensure they are only changed in the right places so we can keep the ". In this example, we changed the text qualifier to PIPES.

After these updates, we then export the data from CLEAN data back out to CSV, then reimport it into the origional destination table with a new text qualifer.

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We believe this is a valid text, but apparently SSIS doesn't
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