[freetds] Attempt to convert data stopped by syntax error in sourcefield

Lowden, James K james.k.lowden at alliancebernstein.com
Mon Jul 31 11:18:50 EDT 2006

> From: chiang.tan at truenergy.com.au
> Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 7:38 PM
> What I did was using DBD::Oracle to extract the data out from Oracle
> 8 tables [Field Datatype: Number (15,5)]
> Then use Sybase::BCP (Sypperl) to import that data into MSSQL 2000.
> [Field Datatype: [numeric (15, 5)]
> I ran the script on Sun Solaris 2.8, using Perl 5.8.7, Sybperl
> 2.18, DBD::Oracle 1.17 and freeTDS 0.63
> What I did to overcome this problem was, I did a TO_CHAR on oracle
> while extracting the data (since perl has no datatype), to force
> a leading zero.
> I hope the information helps.

Thanks, Chiang.  It helps.  

I checked over the code in CVS HEAD and modified two unit tests
(src/tds/unittests/convert.c and src/dblib/unittests/bcp.c) to use
".1234" as source character data with a numeric destination type.  I ran
these on my i386 box.  I also tried freebcp.  All worked.  

I think the problem arises with Sybase::BCP.  It could well be something
on the FreeTDS end, but I'm not going to try to track it down, because
the combination is infrequently used and the bug is minor.  If someone
wants to look into it further (and possibly send a patch) at least they
have enough information to do so.  



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