Flat File Connection Manager Editor (General Page)

 

Applies To: SQL Server 2016

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.

ValueDescription
DelimitedColumns are separated by delimiters, specified on the Columns page.
Fixed widthColumns have a fixed width.
Ragged rightRagged 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.

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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.

ValueDescription
{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.

Integration Services Error and Message Reference
Flat File Connection Manager Editor (Columns Page)
Flat File Connection Manager Editor (Advanced Page)
Flat File Connection Manager Editor (Preview Page)

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