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Include column names in export table --> textfile

Discussion in 'SQL Server DTS-Related Questions' started by e2ke, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. e2ke New Member


    In a DTS package I simply reads data from a table to a txt-file. But I haven´t figured out how to include the column-names in the exported file...

    Example how it looks like today

    Example how i want it to look like

    Have a great life!
  2. Madhivanan Moderator

    If all the columns are of varchar datatype then

    Select 'column1' as col1,'column2' as col2,'column3' as col3
    Union All
    Select col1,col2,col3 from yourTable


    Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  3. FrankKalis Moderator

    CREATE VIEW dbo.dummy
    Select 'column1' as col1,'column2' as col2,'column3' as col3, 0 AS SeqNum
    Union All
    Select col1,col2,col3, 1 AS SeqNum from yourTable

    The datasource for DTS might look like

    SELECT ... FROM dbo.dummy ORDER BY SeqNum

    That way you can be sure, that the column headings appear on top.

    Frank Kalis
    Microsoft SQL Server MVP
    Heute schon gebloggt?http://www.insidesql.de/blogs
  4. e2ke New Member

    cheers for the help guys!<br />sometimes the easiest are the best way to do it, right <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' /> i was looking for like a button or something that said like "include columnnames"... whatever.<br /><br />Happy new years!
  5. Madhivanan Moderator

    And you need to make sure that all columns are of varchar datatpye. Otherwise you need to convert them to be of varchar


    Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  6. bnaude New Member

    Hi Erik - there is an easier way <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' /><br /><br />Right click your text file (destination), select Properties.<br /><br />Just below the file name there is a 'Properties' button - click it.<br /><br />On the right there's a tick box 'First row has column names'. <br /><br />Tick that and voila!<br /><br />Rgds<br />Bennie<br /><br />
  7. e2ke New Member

    Hi Bennie !!
    Ha.. I knew it had to be something like that but i thought that button had another meaning.. cheers, have a good day!

  8. Madhivanan Moderator

    If you dont use DTS, then query is the only way [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />Madhivanan<br /><br />Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  9. FrankKalis Moderator

    Learn something new each day. Actually I'm glad not having to deal with DTS at all. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />

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