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Default Reading a custom delimited file

Well, my problem is that when reading the file it doesn't recognize all the columns it should.

I'm using ODBC for text.

The data inside the file is delimited with |, the first line of the file is:

---1st scenario---
2005|01|Book of "Roses" |Adam Benson |46

the fields are year,month,book,name,age.
But when I read the file only 3 columns are recognized.

And
|Book of "Roses" |
is truncated to
Book of

---2nd scenario---
2005|01|Children |Roger Grand |52
2005|01|Book of "Roses" |Adam Benson |46

the fields are year,month,book,name,age.
When I read the file 5 columns are recognized

But when I read the information from the second line.
the third field gets truncated to
Book of
And the 4th and 5th fields are DBNull.


I've already read the posts:

http://p2p.wrox.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4280

Here indicates the conneciton string and the schema.ini files, and:

http://p2p.wrox.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4693

Inside here they tells how to get the Schema.ini file through ODBC Sources inside Administrative tools wich for the 1st scenario it only detects 3 columns and not the 5.

Please I'm really going crazy with this.

Futher findings:

I've found that instead of 1 " there are 2 " in that specific lines, everyuthing works fine.
Then I supposed I should change every " into "", but what would happen if in my File there is this line:

2005|01|"Children" |Roger Grand |52
2005|01|Book of "Roses" |Adam Benson |46

And changing the " into "" the result would be:

2005|01|""Children"" |Roger Grand |52
2005|01|Book of ""Roses"" |Adam Benson |46

The 3rd value of the 1st is empty or null, i'm not sure
It would be incorrect.

And the 3rd value of the 2nd line would be:
Book of "Roses"
It would be correct....

I think i'm getting clouse to the solution but I still can't get it right but then something happens.... :(


Comment:
When opening the file with Excels it works fine, using the delimiter | with this line
2005|01|Book of "Roses" |Adam Benson |46





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