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FrontBase allows you to import content data from ASCII flat-files directly into a database. Currently FrontBase allows import from three "sources": FrontBase, Sybase, and OpenBase. Other import filters will be added as demand arises.
A common issue for all import formats is that the schema must be properly defined before the import will work.
The import filter is very unforgiving about incorrectly formatted input, i.e. experiment with a test database before working with a production database.
INSERT INTO SCHEMA<schema name> FROM 'FrontBase' INPUT('<path name of file with data>');
The format of the file must be as if generated by the export functionality (see "Exporting schema and content data"); The following input format rules apply to the date/time datatypes:
DATE yyyy-mm-dd -- Example: 1999-0521 TIME [+|-]hh:mm:ss -- Example: 13:58:23 TIME WITH TIME ZONE [+|-]hh:mm:ss<+|->hh:mm -- Example: 13:58:23+02:00 TIMESTAMP yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss -- Example: 1999-0521 13:58:23 TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss<+|->hh:mm -- Example: 1999-0521 13:58:23+02:00
INSERT INTO <table name> FROM 'Sybase' INPUT('<path name of file with content data>', '<path name of file with format data>');
The format of the two files must be as if generated by the bcp utility (supplied by Sybase).
INSERT INTO SCHEMA <schema name> FROM 'OpenBase' INPUT('<path name of file with backup data>');
The format of the file must be as if generated by the "Backup as ASCII..." feature of the OpenBaseManager application.
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