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Preserving white space when importing and updating.

W Pearce
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I am creating a program that first reads each line of a fixed-length field document. Each line is a record, and depending on which character you are at, the values mean different things (for example, characters 1 through 20 may be an identification number). I am running into a problem when I load these through the JDBCODBC driver into SQL Server where it is dropping the white spaces. This means that when I am parsing the data, if a field has 3 characters instead of the 4 designated to it, all the fields following that will be off by one characters.

For example:
222 333 444 would be parsed as 222, 333, 444 (fields separated by commas)
but
22 333 444 would be parsed as 22, 334, 44

Is there a way I can force white space to stay?


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Scott Selikoff
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Can you post the code you using? Nothing in JDBC should be dropping white spaces, although its possible this may be a driver issue. I'd also consult the driver documentation to see if there are any parameters you can pass into the connection string related to white space handling.


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W Pearce
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Jan Cumps
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Hi,

the code and the problem you have in your first post don't seem to relate.
We can see that you are splitting strings separated by ' , and putting the results in three tables based upon the starting sequence of the split.

But where is the problem with spaces happening?


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W Pearce
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Wow. I can't believe I overlooked something like this. Every time I split the string on an apostrophe, it cuts that character out, therefore when a field had a description with a possessive noun it was removing those characters. I have it replacing the characters with a space now and we're back up and running. I feel like such a schmuck!
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Thanks for posting the solution.


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