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Exporting data to text files

Exporting data to text files

Exporting data to text files

(OP)
Hello folks.

I have the following code:

CREATE TABLE EXT_R0000048
EXTERNAL FILE 'ext_r0000048_1.txt'
(
  RECORD    INTEGER NOT NULL,
  STATUS    INTEGER,
  TIMEZONE    INTEGER,
  LISTCODE    INTEGER,
  STRATEGY    INTEGER,
  DIALS    INTEGER,
  CALLS    INTEGER,
  LASTCALLED    TIMESTAMP,
  DISPOSITION    INTEGER,
  FILLER9    VARCHAR(9),
  PHONE    VARCHAR(10),
  FIRST_NAME    VARCHAR(12),
  LAST_NAME    VARCHAR(13))


What this does, of course, is create a text file in the <interbase home>/ext directory. Problem is I often need to drop the table that is based on an external file (since I just use them intermittently for exports and imports), so I do that. No problem there. However, the file itself on the disk is locked somehow. I can't modify it, rename it or delete it. I tried the dropping the table thing, thinking this would disconnect the file from Interbase. I also tried shutting down IBConsole.
The only thing I haven't tried is shutting down the database and/or server.
Do you have any suggestion?
Thank you for your help.
-Mike

RE: Exporting data to text files

No, the file stays locked until the IBServer process shuts down... Pitty, but true.

Martijn Tonies
Database Workbench - the developer tool for InterBase, Firebird, MySQL & MS SQL Server
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