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  • Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

    Hello All,
    I am trying to export a table to a .CSV text file. There is a character field that contains Line-Feeds .This field is exported without line-feeds even though it is surrounded by double-quotes .
    Here is the Way I assign the field :

    C_field=""" + "Tracking No:"+ Crlf() + Var->Tracking_list + """

    "Var->Tracking_list" is a <Crlf> delimited list . What am I doing wrong?
    I appreciate any help or suggestion,I can't find a way to it.
    Thanks,
    Nick

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    Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

    The line feed is the normal line termination character for a csv file. Probably won't be able to get around that unless you change it in the Alpha export specification.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

      Thanks Stan, I need to import the CSV file in to another application (sage 50 accounting) and the format must be terminated this way .
      Is there another way of creating this text file?
      Thanks,
      Nick

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      • #4
        Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

        Can you Show us what Sage expects the file to eventually look like?
        Robin

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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        • #5
          Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

          This is the required format : "You must include a file header, specifying the fields (identifiers) you intend to import. Then each new record must start on a new line and each value must be separated from the next by a comma."

          When I open the exported Csv file with notepad I see that the
          Line-feeds are not exported but each record is otherwise correct so
          Alpha is not confused by the line-feeds, they are just replaced by a space.

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          • #6
            Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

            In your export definition try using the line

            export.record_sep = "<CR><LF>"
            Bob Whitaker

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            • #7
              Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

              These are the settings I already have:
              export.options = "LT"
              export.field_sep = ","
              export.record_sep = "<CR><LF>"

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              • #8
                Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

                I included a N in options (export.options = "LTN") as it say in Alpha documentation to "preserve line breaks" ,With no effect .
                In the Alpha help documents the "N" in the options is supposed to preserve line breaks ,but apparently that is not the case .I wonder if that a bug.

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                • #9
                  Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

                  The built it export can only export a single record at a time it appears that you are trying to create multiple records from a single record. You would need to create a temp table where each record is a single record and export that table or write the csv file with xbasic.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

                    Thanks Allen, No I am just trying to export a Meno field .If you look at the Tbl.Export() method in the help documents it should be possible to export a Memo field with Line breaks preserved if you
                    include a "N" in the options.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Export a character field containing Line-Feed to a .CSV file

                      We have a number of routines for transferring data to various versions of Sage.
                      PM me for more details.
                      Bob
                      Bob Whitaker

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