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Multiple Flat Files Connection Manager Editor (General Page)

Use the General page of the Multiple Flat Files Connection Manager Editor dialog box to select a group of files that have the same data format, and to specify their data format. A multiple flat files connection enables a package to connect to a group of text files that have the same format.

To learn more about the Multiple Flat Files connection manager, see Multiple Flat Files Connection Manager.

Connection manager name

Provide a unique name for the Multiple Flat Files connection in the workflow. The name provided will be displayed within SSIS Designer.

Description

Describe the connection. As a best practice, describe the connection in terms of its purpose, to make packages self-documenting and easier to maintain.

File names

Type the path and file names to use in the Multiple Flat Files connection. You can specify multiple files by using wildcard characters, as in the example "C:\*.txt", or by using the vertical pipe character (|) to separate multiple file names. All files must have the same data format.

Browse

Browse the file names to use in the Multiple Flat Files connection. You can select multiple files. All files must have the same data format.

Locale

Specify the location to provide information for ordering and for date and time conversion.

Unicode

Indicate whether to use Unicode. Using Unicode precludes specifying a code page.

Code page

Specify the code page for non-Unicode text.

Format

Indicate whether to use delimited, fixed width, or ragged right formatting. All files must have the same data format.

Value

Description

Delimited

Columns are separated by delimiters, specified on the Columns page.

Fixed width

Columns have a fixed width, specified by dragging marker lines on the Columns page.

Ragged right

Ragged right files are files in which every column has a fixed width, except for the last column, which is delimited by the row delimiter, specified on the Columns page.

Text qualifier

Specify the text qualifier to use. For example, you can specify to enclose text with quotation marks.

Header row delimiter

Select from the list of delimiters for header rows, or enter the delimiter text.

Value

Description

{CR}{LF}

The header row is delimited by a carriage return-line feed combination.

{CR}

The header row is delimited by a carriage return.

{LF}

The header row is delimited by a line feed.

Semicolon {;}

The header row is delimited by a semicolon.

Colon {:}

The header row is delimited by a colon.

Comma {,}

The header row is delimited by a comma.

Tab {t}

The header row is delimited by a tab.

Vertical bar {|}

The header row is delimited by a vertical bar.

Header rows to skip

Specify the number of header rows to skip, if any.

Column names in the first data row

Indicate whether to expect or provide column names in the first data row.

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