type recognition, *creating* tables from CSVs

Radovan Bičiště radovan.biciste at ceosdata.com
Thu May 15 08:13:12 CEST 2014

AFAIK the tables must exist.
The documentations is here: 

Slightly helpful could be to use KETTLE ETL Tool 
(http://community.pentaho.com/projects/data-integration/) which is free. 
You can create a process for loading the CSV files. When you create a 
transformation using Monet Bulk Loader, there is an option (button SQL) 
to create table based on incoming fields from a CSV file. Let me know if 
it sounds interesting so I could elaborate further. :)

Hope that helps.


On 05/14/2014 09:06 PM, László Sándor wrote:
> Hi,
> I asked a question on DBA of StackExchange about MonetDB, but as there
> is not even a monetdb tag in use, maybe it wasn't the right forum for
> it. Please have a look over there, or I can repeat it below:
> http://dba.stackexchange.com/q/65126/38399
> I am confused whether you can copy records into a *new* table in MonetDB.
> The official documentation seems[1] to talk only about copying into
> existing tables. I have quite a large universe of billions of records in
> dozens of tables, and I would much prefer a solution that inferred the
> type from the CSV itself, and the column names from the first rows.
> A StackOverflow answer[2] seems to work for SQL Server 2000 with
> `OpenRowset`, though even they are not concerned about data-type
> inferencing.
> Another answer[3] here on DBA recommends `BCP` before calling `BULK
> INSERT` in Server 2000, neither of which is discussed in the MonetDB
> documentation.
> Other answers[4] also suggest that this is impossible in MySQL without
> external scripts.
> The background of my issues are that I realized that managing my raw
> data (which came in text files from government agencies, with scarce
> documentation) should be separate from the front-end of my analysis
> still kept in Stata. This is similar to what has been achieved with
> MonetDB.R (e.g.
> hannes.muehleisen.org/SSDBM2013-databases-and-statistics.pdf
> <http://hannes.muehleisen.org/SSDBM2013-databases-and-statistics.pdf>),
> though probably limited to an odbc link (so missing some of the real
> benefits coming from merging and calculations done in MonetDB). That
> said, this is the only sign of a Stata and MonetDB link I could find:
> http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2012-08/msg01363.html
> Disclaimer: I am an SQL and MonetDB newbie, but thanks for not letting
> me miss the obvious.
>    [1]: https://www.monetdb.org/Documentation/Manuals/SQLreference/CopyInto
>    [2]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/10421034/938408
>    [3]: http://dba.stackexchange.com/a/22763/38399
>    [4]: http://dba.stackexchange.com/a/61969/38399
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