CSV format cannot be used for importing text files to a database unless the table for the data is already defined in the database.

is this true or false?

  • Please tag this question with the RDBMS that you are using. Thanks. Dec 17, 2015 at 14:37
  • In the case of an RDBMS this is certainly true. Dec 17, 2015 at 16:31
  • It won't hurt to simply try it.
    – Rick James
    Dec 18, 2015 at 5:24
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For MS SQL Server. False: You can use the Import Data Wizard to map your columns in the CSV file to columns in the Table that the Wizard will create when you run it.

  • Technically the table is created before the file is imported, as would be shown in the SSIS task flow generated by the wizard. I was thinking FileTable maybe but then I guess the FileTable is the table that needs to be already defined. Really, the question sounds like it's off a quiz.
    – Avarkx
    Dec 17, 2015 at 17:04
  • The user is asking about MySQL not SQL Server
    – Erik
    Dec 17, 2015 at 18:39

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