Used to define ACL tables from delimited text files.


IMPORT DELIMITED TO table import_filename FROM source_filename
STARTLINE n KEEPTITLE [field_syntax] <...n> <IGNORE field_num> <...n>


field_syntax ::=
FIELD name type AT value DEC decimals WID view_width 
PIC format AS label


TO table

Specifies the name of the ACL table to import the data into.


Specifies the name of the ACL data file. The import_filename parameter must be specified as a quoted string with a .FIL file extension (e.g., "Invoices.FIL").

If you do not want to create the .FIL file in the same directory as the ACL project, you can specify an absolute or relative file path to an existing folder to write the .FIL file to.

For example: "C:\data\Invoices.FIL" or "data\Invoices.FIL"

FROM source_filename

Specifies the name of the source data file. This parameter must be specified as a quoted string.

If the source data file is not located in the same directory as the ACL project, you must use an absolute path (e.g., "C:\data\source_filename") or a relative path (e.g., "data\source_filename") to specify the file location.

SERVER profile_name

Optional. Specifies the server profile name for the ACL Server where the data you want to import is located.


Specifies the separator between values, also known as the delimiter. The char value must be enclosed in double quotes. For example: SEPARATOR “,”


Specifies the text qualifier. The char value must be enclosed in double quotes. For example: QUALIFIER “’”

To specify the double quote character as the text qualifier, enclose the double quote in single quotes.


Specifies that consecutive qualifiers should be treated as a single qualifier.


Specifies the line the data begins on. For example, if the first four lines of data contain header information that you do not want, specify that the data start on line 5.


Specifies that you want to use the values in the first row in the delimited text file as the field names.

FIELD name type

Specifies the name and data type of the field. For information on the values you can enter for the type parameter, see Identifiers for field data types.

AT value

Specifies the start position for the field in the data file.

DEC value

Specifies the number of decimals.

WID value

Specifies the length of the field in the ACL table layout.

PIC value

Specifies the format for date and numeric fields. For numeric fields the format specifies how the values should be displayed. For date fields, the format specifies how dates are stored and should be read from the data source.

AS value

Specifies the display label (alternate column title) for the field in the ACL view. The AS parameter is required when you are defining a field. If you want the display label to be the same as the field name, you can enter a blank value using the following syntax: AS "". Make sure there is no space between the two double quotation marks.

IGNORE field_num

Optional. Specifies that the field should not be included in the table layout. The field_num parameter specifies the position of the field in the source data. For example, IGNORE 5 excludes the fifth field in the source data from the ACL table layout.


The following example imports data from a comma delimited file to an ACL table named Employees.

IMPORT DELIMITED TO Employees "Employees.fil" FROM "Employees.csv" 0
FIELD "First_Name" C AT 1 DEC 0 WID 11 PIC "" AS "First Name"
FIELD "Last_Name" C AT 12 DEC 0 WID 12 PIC "" AS "Last Name"
FIELD "CardNum" N AT 24 DEC 0 WID 16 PIC "" AS "Card Number"
FIELD "EmpNo" N AT 40 DEC 0 WID 6 PIC "" AS "Emp. Number"
FIELD "HireDate" C AT 46 DEC 0 WID 10 PIC "" AS "Start Date"
FIELD "Salary" N AT 56 DEC 0 WID 6 PIC "" AS "Salary"
FIELD "Bonus_2002" C AT 62 DEC 0 WID 10 PIC "" AS "Bonus"

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