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    Default Read Variable length columns file

    Hi All,
    I have a file with variable length columns separated by semicolon like this


    I have tried to read it using csv file input and also with text input file. The problem is that these inputs use first row to get the number of fields and only get the data till that column for other rows also. Due to this, the complete row is not getting in which number of columns are greater than no of columns in the first row.

    So kindly let me know how to read complete rows in the above case.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008


    Hi Shuja.
    I would import the file as one 1 field only (just set the separator/delimiter to some odd character, like tab or ^), then use a split row step to create multiple fields using ; as separator.
    I would set the number of fields to create to a quite high number, then you could do an aggregate and after that delete empty fields.

    Hope this help.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008


    Another possible approach, perhaps not very elegant, would be manually adding more fields in the grid. As you already noticed, when pressing the Get Field button, the step automatically detects the fields in the first row. But no one prevents you from adding other fields.

    Andrea Torre
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