I am trying to find an easy way of updating the first row in the export of a sqlcmd query to CT_EVENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. I found this article in stack overflow which builds the csv format. I've also checked the Microsoft documentation for sqlcmd parameters.

sqlcmd -S DatabaseServer1 -Q "EXEC [db1].[dbo].[MyStoredProc];" -o output.tmp -s "," -W
type output.tmp | findstr /r /v "^-[-,]*-.$"  > "c:\Temp\import_template.csv"
del output.tmp

EDIT: I've found the print statement works for this.

PRINT 'CT_EVENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,';


  • It would be nice if there was a comment as to why you downvoted. I put a lot of time and effort into this question.
    – aduguid
    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:46
  • What do you mean by updating the first row? Can you provide an example?
    – vonPryz
    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:50
  • I would like to replace the entire first row of the file
    – aduguid
    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:51
  • Are you trying to create a CSV file, but the "Format grouped..." part introduces problems when importing the CSV into somewhere?
    – vonPryz
    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:52
  • Yes, I basically just want the exported CSV file to be to spec for import into another system.
    – aduguid
    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:54

1 Answer 1


How about Powershell? It has mighty rich set of features for string manipulation and it's got built-in CSV support too. A quick and dirty way would be like so,

# Read the file into a variable, skip 1st row
$data = (Get-Content $myFile | Select-Object -Skip 1)
# Write just the header
set-content -path c:\output.csv -value "my,desired,header,column,,,,,"
# Add actual data
add-content -path c:\output.csv -value $data
  • Thanks so much for taking the time to answer. I'll give it a go tomorrow when I'm in the office.
    – aduguid
    Jun 27, 2018 at 13:08

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