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Re: Trouble with dbexport/dbimport from Windows to

Posted By: Martin Fuerderer
Date: Friday, 1 March 2013, at 12:27 p.m.

In Response To: Trouble with dbexport/dbimport from Windows to Uni (Schleicher, Keith)


the | at the end of the line is normal (assuming, that
you have not set up a different delimiter character,
as | is the default delimiter character for unload files).

What really could be a problem is that on Windows
you may get the <CR><LF> at the end of the line,
whereas on Linux/UNIX you normally should have
only <LF>.

It may be possible, that the FTP program does not
strip away the <CR> when transferring from Windows
to UNIX/Linux, regadless of the mode. I think I've also
experienced this sometimes.

On UNIX/Linux you can make "strange characters"
(like the <CR>) be seen by using "cat" with
options -evt ... usually the <CR> then shows up
as ^M . (Whereas you may or may not see it in "vi",
because often these days, "vi" on Linux tolerates
the <CR> and doesn't show it ... sometimes you can
guess the existance of the <CR> when "vi" says that
the file is of type "dos".)

If you don't find the utility "dos2unix", you may try to
use "tr", e.g. with a command like:
cat <original_file> | tr -d '\015' > output_file
This should get rid of the <CR> character.

Other than that ... you'll have to count columns
in your table definition as well as the corresponding
unload file.

Regards, Martin
Martin Fuerderer
IBM Informix Development Munich, Germany
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From: "Schleicher, Keith" <>
Date: 03/01/2013 16:22
Subject: Trouble with dbexport/dbimport from Windows to.... [29644]
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We currently have a Win2000 box running IDS 9.40.TC1 which has been having

some issues. We are currently trying to unload the data from the databases
there to a new UNIX box that currently has IDS 11.70.FC4. We ran a
dbexport on
the 9.4 database and used FileZilla using Auto, ASCII, and bin transfers
we are still getting an error "Load file has different number of columns
table" and it runs very slowly. I did notice the unload files that the
dbexport created have a "|" at the end of each line. Could this be a bug
9.4 and not an issue with the file transfer? Or does Informix handle a
dbexport differently on Windows than it does on Unix?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Keith Schleicher
IT Database Administrator
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