Fixed Width File
Fixed width text files are special cases of text files where the format is specified by column widths, pad character and left/right alignment. Column widths are measured in units of characters. For example, if you have data in a text file where the first column always has exactly 10 characters, and the second column has exactly 5, the third has exactly 12 (and so on), this would be categorized as a fixed width text file.
If a text file follows the rules below it is a fixed width text file:
- Each row (paragraph) contains one complete record of information.
- Each row contains one or many pieces of data (also referred to as columns or fields).
- Each data column has a defined width specified as a number of characters that is always the same for all rows.
- The data within each column is padded with spaces (or any character you specify) if it does not completely use all the characters allotted to it (empty space).
- Each piece of data can be left or right aligned, meaning the pad characters can occur on either side.
- Each column must consistently use the same number of characters, same pad character and same alignment (left/right).
Example Use Case: You have a fixed width file that contains your Employee information. You want to use a batch sync to pull this info into a Cinchy table and liberate your data.
The Fixed Width File source supports batch syncs.
The Fixed Width File source does not support Geometry, Geography, or Binary data types.
You can review the parameters that can be found in the info tab below (Image 1).
Image 1: The Info Tab
The following table outlines the mandatory and optional parameters you will find on the Source tab (Image 2).
The following parameters will help to define your data sync source and how it functions.
There are other options available for the Schema section if you click on Show Advanced.
You can choose to add in a Transformation > String Replacement by inputting the following:
Note that you can have more than one String Replacement