I have a .gdb Firebird database file that I would like to partially transform to .csv. From the CLI tool, I'm able to do the following:

CONNECT "/Users/jpmonette/Desktop/file.gdb"; OUTPUT /Users/jpmonette/Desktop/output.csv; SELECT EMAIL,FIRSTNAME FROM ACCOUNT;

This seems to be working as expected - outputting stdout to a file. However, I would like to know if there is a way to output the data in a easy to consume format (JSON? CSV? SQL dump?). I had a look at fbexport and fbcopy, but they both seem to be not available for OSX.

Any clue on how I could get around that?

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You can concatenate output to CSV, like select email || ',' || firstname from account with column header turned off using set heading

  • It doesn't seem to behave well with line breaks, encoding and escaping the commas. Any other way that I could dump this data in a consumable format?
    – jpmonette
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 16:27
  • @jpmonette As far as I know there is no common agreed format for linebreaks in CSV. You might want to search for a tool that supports JDBC and exports to CSV. Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 8:29

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