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Old 04-15-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Postgresql 8.47.on Debian/ Gnu Squeeze-stable. Imporitng data

I imported one table from a csv file format with no problems.
The file fields where matching my table fields.

*** For a second table import (I will use a similar example to simplify:

--- So I created a table with the following fields:

Contactname addr city zipcode

the file to import has the following fields

Contactname firstname middlename lastname addr city zipcode.

Is there a way to import the file by listing the columns
I tried :
copy MyTableName column(contactname,,,,addr,city,zipcode) from 'pathtomycsvfile' with null as '' csv header quote as '"' escape as '"' ;
The error is always pointing to the 'c' of column I tried to remove the parenthesis I removed the statement 'column' and other scenarios
It Didn't work.
Does that mean that I will absolutely have to remove those unwanted columns from the import file. I have about 120 of those files to import.
If I can avoid to do the later what would be the right statement.

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There are two problems here:

a) You're using a column keyword that doesn't exist; what you'd want
to do normally is:
copy MyTableName (contactname,addr,city,zipcode) from 'pathtomycsvfile' with null as '' csv header quote as '"' escape as '"' ;
b) You can't import parts of a csv; every column in the CSV must
be matched in your table structure. Look at PGLoader, or sanitise
your data ...

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