[MonetDB-users] Bulk-importing boolean columns

Viktor Rosenfeld listuser36 at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 18 17:57:23 CEST 2011


Martin Kersten wrote:

> On 10/17/11 8:25 PM, Viktor Rosenfeld wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I need to bulk-import data that was bulk-exported from PostgreSQL. I
> > have only limited control over the raw data.
> >
> > I'm using the following command:
> >
> >    COPY INTO table FROM '/path/to/filename' USING DELIMITERS '\t','\n','';
> >
> > This generally works. The problem is boolean data which is exported by
> > PostgreSQL using the values "t" and "f" (unquoted). MonetDB expects
> > "true" and "false" here. My current work-around is opening the file in
> > Vim and substituting the values (%s/\tt\t/\ttrue\t/g and
> > %s/\tf\t/\tfalse\t/g).
> >
> > Is there a way to make MonetDB accept the original PostgreSQL data?
> The easiest solution would be to convert the "t" to "true" before it leaves Postgresql.

I can do that for those tables I export myself, but I also have a few
that I receive from others.

> Otherwise, you might use the stream editor "sed" or "awk" to make such trivial changes.

This would work, but I'm afraid that it changes data it's not supposed


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