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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2015

    Question Unable to read number '+002.323' with Fixed Input step


    I must read a text file with fixed length fields in it, and there are a bunch of decimal fields conforming to the following pattern:

    • 1st char: plus or minus sign.
    • 2nd - 4th char: integer part of the number
    • 5th char: decimal point
    • 6th - 8th char: decimal part of the number


    I cannot get the number recognized by the "Fixed Input" step.
    Is there any solution without adding another step?

    The only way I found to read the number is to set the field type to String and then try to process it in other step after this one.
    Which would be the best solution for transforming the string field into the correct number field (take into account there are 30+ fields of this type in the record)?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012


    You forgot to tell us the format string you are using.

    I would use something like '+'000.000;-000.000
    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2015


    I have used the format 0000.000;-000.000 and +000.000;-000.000. And neither of them work, even the second format is not correct because the + sign is not recognized.

    I will try your suggestion: '+'000.000;-000.000

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2015


    The solution from marabu worked flawlessly.

    Thanks, marabu.

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