Subject RE: [firebird-support] Import data from flat files
Author Oleg Lebedev
I was under the impression that plain INSERTs would be too slow for the
amount of data I need to import. That's why SQL Server has a BCP
utility, PostgreSQL has a COPY utility. Does FireBird have any similar
utility that would do a bulk copy for me?


-----Original Message-----
From: Milan Babuskov [mailto:albis@...]
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [firebird-support] Import data from flat files
Importance: Low

Oleg Lebedev wrote:
> Sory, I fogot to mention that I need to be able to import files into
> the FireBird database running on Linux RedHat 8.0. I have 1 GB of data

> to import, so I need a pretty fast utility for that. The best would be

> a similar to GBAK utility that can import data from flat files into DB

> tables. Any ideas?
> Thanks.

You can write quick&dirty(TM) PHP script to do it. Something like this:

ibase_connect('database', 'user', 'pass');
$sql = 'insert into your_table (column list,...) values (';

$fp = fopen('csv_file', 'r');
while ($line = fread($fp, 10000)
$data = explode(',', $line);
$values = '';
foreach ($data as $d) // quote the text
$values[] = "'" . $d . "'";
ibase_query($sql . implode(',', $values) . ')');

Well, you need to add some error checking and stuff, but it can do the
job really nice.

Milan Babuskov

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