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I'm able to successfully import data in a tab-delimited .txt file using the following statement.

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How would I control which column BULK INSERT actually imports when working with a .txt file? I've tried using a FORMAT FILE, however I kept getting errors which I tracked down to being a case of not using it with a .txt file.

Yes, I could have the DBA add in the missing columns to the query from the other DB to create the columns, however I'd like to know a little bit more about this overall.

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SQL Code:

- SQL Code

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[prep_SomeTable](
[ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
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[ClientID] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT (''),
[pollSystem] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[vin] [varchar](17) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[year] [varchar](4) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
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[model] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[trim] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[mileage] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[factColor] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[intFactColor] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[doors] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[newused] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[stockno] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[cpo] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[certType] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[certid] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[otherprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[webprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[invprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[msrp] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[mktClass] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[options1] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[instock] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[manfModelNum] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[trans] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[enginedesc] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[drivetrain] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[overviewtext] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[options2] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[chromestyleid] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[photourls] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),
[photosupdated] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),

 CREATE TABLE [dbo].[prep_SomeTable](    [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,    [Last_Update] [smalldatetime] NULL,    [ClientID] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT (''),    [pollSystem] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [vin] [varchar](17) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [year] [varchar](4) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [make] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [model] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [TRIM] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [mileage] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [factColor] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [intFactColor] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [doors] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [newused] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [stockno] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [cpo] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [certType] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [certid] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [otherprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [webprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [invprice] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [msrp] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [mktClass] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [options1] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [instock] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [manfModelNum] [varchar](50) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [trans] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [enginedesc] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [drivetrain] [varchar](100) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [overviewtext] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [options2] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [chromestyleid] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [photourls] [varchar](8000) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    [photosupdated] [varchar](10) NOT NULL DEFAULT(''),    CONSTRAINT [PK_prepSomeTable] PRIMARY KEY CLUSTERED         (            [ID] ASC        )) ON [PRIMARY]

the format file:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<BCPFORMAT xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2004/bulkload/format" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<FIELD ID="1" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="2" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="3" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="4" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="5" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="6" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="7" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="8" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="9" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="10" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="11" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="12" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="13" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="14" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="15" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="16" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="17" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="18" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="19" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="20" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="21" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="22" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="23" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="24" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="25" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="26" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="27" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="28" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="29" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="30" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="31" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="|" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" />
<FIELD ID="32" xsi:type="CharTerm" TERMINATOR="
" MAX_LENGTH="8000" COLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="2" NAME="pollSystem" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="3" NAME="vin" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="4" NAME="year" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="5" NAME="make" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="6" NAME="model" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="7" NAME="trim" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="8" NAME="mileage" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="9" NAME="factColor" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="10" NAME="intFactColor" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="11" NAME="doors" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="12" NAME="newused" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="13" NAME="stockno" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="14" NAME="cpo" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="15" NAME="certType" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="16" NAME="certid" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="17" NAME="otherprice" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="18" NAME="invprice" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="19" NAME="webprice" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="20" NAME="msrp" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="21" NAME="mktClass" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="22" NAME="options1" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="23" NAME="instock" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="24" NAME="manfModelNum" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="25" NAME="trans" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="26" NAME="enginedesc" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="27" NAME="drivetrain" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="28" NAME="overviewtext" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="29" NAME="options2" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="30" NAME="chromestyleid" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="31" NAME="photourls" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>
<COLUMN SOURCE="32" NAME="photosupdated" xsi:type="SQLVARYCHAR"/>

and the SQL:

SQL Code:

- SQL Code

BULK INSERT prep_SomeTable
FROM '\devd_driveftproot7415_519.dat'
WITH ( FIRSTROW = 2, FORMATFILE = '\devd_driveformat_files est.fmt' )

 BULK INSERT prep_SomeTableFROM '\devd_driveftproot7415_519.dat' WITH ( FIRSTROW = 2, FORMATFILE = '\devd_driveformat_files est.fmt' ) 

error message:

Quote: Msg 295, Level 16, State 3, Line 1
Conversion failed when converting character string to smalldatetime data type.

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it looks like everything is set correctly in the format file

in the SQL Server Library Link, section "Using an XML Format File" 2nd example, it looks to be the same thing as I am?

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| 8  | INDEX3             | LOCATION2 | 0         |
| 9  | INDEX3             | LOCATION3 | 1         |

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[Code] .....

| INDEX1               | 0                              | 1                               | 0                             |
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| INDEX3               | 1                              | 0                               | 1                             |

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| INDEX1               | 1                              | 1                               | 0                             |
| INDEX3               | 1                              | 0                               | 1                             |

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