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Flat File Connection Manager Editor (General Page)

Use the General page of the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box to select a file and data format. A flat file connection enables a package to connect to a text file.

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

Connection manager name

Provide a unique name for the flat file 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 name

Type the path and file name to use in the flat file connection.

Browse

Locate the file name to use in the flat file connection.

Locale

Specify the locale to provide language-specific information for ordering and for date and time formats.

Unicode

Indicate whether to use Unicode. If you use Unicode, you cannot specify a code page.

Code page

Specify the code page for non-Unicode text.

Format

Indicate whether the file uses delimited, fixed width, or ragged right formatting.

Value

Description

Delimited

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

Fixed width

Columns have a fixed width.

Ragged right

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

Text qualifier

Specify the text qualifier to use. For example, you can specify that text fields are enclosed in quotation marks.

Note Note

After you select a text qualifier, you cannot re-select the None option. Type None to de-select the text qualifier.

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 or initial data 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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