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using copy to load odd characters

Howdy:

Running PostgreSQL 7.3.3 on RedHat Linux 7.2

I'm trying to load data from a text file that
has an odd character in it (^@). From what I
could tell, it's a NULL character. How can I
load that into the database via the command line?

I've done the following:

[snip]

bcn2=> \copy db2_cn1pmemb from '/raid/backups/science/cn1pmemb.out' with
delimiter as '|' NULL as '\000'
\.
ERROR: copy: line 151676, Missing data for column "c_state"
lost synchronization with server, resetting connection
bcn2=> \copy db2_cn1pmemb from '/raid/backups/science/cn1pmemb.out' with
delimiter as '|' NULL as 'NULL'
\.
ERROR: copy: line 151676, Missing data for column "c_state"
lost synchronization with server, resetting connection
bcn2=> \copy db2_cn1pmemb from '/raid/backups/science/cn1pmemb.out' with
delimiter as '|' NULL as NULL
\.
ERROR: copy: line 151676, Missing data for column "c_state"
lost synchronization with server, resetting connection
bcn2=> \q
[/snip]

As well as '^@' and '\^@', but I haven't found anything that
works. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Thanks!

-X

Nov 12 '05 #1
1 2005
Johnson, Shaunn writes:
I'm trying to load data from a text file that
has an odd character in it (^@). From what I
could tell, it's a NULL character. How can I
load that into the database via the command line?


Depends on what data type the column is supposed to have. Character data
types cannot contain null bytes. The type bytea can store arbitrary
binary data. It requires you to escape null bytes so '\\000'.

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