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On 07/24/2012 12:16 PM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 24.07.2012 13:34, Michael Crider wrote:
I have csv files generated from an SQL command-line utility that I am
trying to convert to dBase using the batch converter. If I open the csv
in LibreOffice, a default option is "Quoted fields as text", and if it
is saved as another filetype, those fields remain text, but when using
the batch converter it will bring all numbers in as numbers, even if
they are quoted. The command I am using is:
libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to dbf *.csv
I have the same results if I convert to other spreadsheet types. Is
there a way to tell the batch converter to convert "quoted fields as text"?

CSV is a database exchange format. dBase is a database in a directory. Why do you try to load csv into spreadsheets? Why csv at all? Probably you can connect Base to the database and use it directly. Base is a versatile tool to serve database data to office documents and it can be used to move data from one database type to another.

This is part of my attempt to automate the process (run by cron) to export data from an IBM server (DB2 database) to netbooks that are carried away from the office. There are 2 tables which are each dumped to dBase files and copied to the netbooks, where an odb file exists that points to the directory with the dBase files. Initially the data was being downloaded from DB2 by a Windows program that could save directly as dBase, but this could not be automated, and I wanted to move the process to an Ubuntu server. The only option I have found for retrieving the data from DB2 is using IBM's unixODBC driver and the isql command, which only exports as csv. The reason I attempted other spreadsheet types is because dBase files can be opened directly in Calc, as well as accessed through Base.
I am open any suggestions for improving this process.

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