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Export Pervasive SQL to CSV

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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting Pervasive SQL to CSV files, where we delve into the nuances of data migration and the importance of this process. Pervasive SQL, known for its robust data management capabilities, often requires data to be moved into more flexible formats such as CSV files for analysis, reporting, or integration with other systems. A CSV file, easily loaded into spreadsheet applications, serves as a universal bridge between complex databases and user-friendly data analysis tools. On this page, we will explore what Pervasive SQL is, the step-by-step method to export its data to a CSV file, practical use cases for such exports, an efficient alternative to traditional CSV exports using Sourcetable, and a helpful Q&A section to address common inquiries surrounding the export process.

    What is Pervasive SQL?

    Pervasive Software was a company known for developing the Pervasive PSQL relational database management system, which was its primary data storage product. Pervasive PSQL is an embeddable database management system, designed specifically for embedded applications. Originally named Btrieve, Pervasive PSQL has evolved to include four distinct editions tailored for different uses: PSQL Client, PSQL Workgroup, PSQL Server, and PSQL Vx Server. These editions highlight the system's scalability and its ability to adapt to various deployment scenarios.

    As a database management system, Pervasive PSQL implements the ACID properties to ensure reliability in transaction processing, using a relational database model. It is engineered to be embedded within other applications, providing a robust data storage and management solution that operates seamlessly in the background.

    In terms of services, Pervasive SQL acts as a database engine that runs as a service on a server. The services associated with Pervasive SQL, including the Pervasive PSQL Relational engine and the Pervasive PSQL Transactional engine, should be configured to start automatically and remain in a 'Started' state, particularly when the server is brought online. This configuration ensures that the database system is always ready for operation, contributing to the overall reliability and efficiency of the applications that depend on it.

    Exporting Pervasive SQL to a CSV File

    Using the Export Data Function in PCC

    To export a query result from Pervasive to a CSV file, you can use the Export Data function available in the Pervasive Control Center (PCC). This function allows you to run a query and export the results directly to a text or CSV file. By default, you can perform a simple query such as "select * from tablename" to extract all data from a specified table.

    Executing Complex Queries for Export

    If you need to export only specific data, the Export Data function enables you to construct more complex SQL queries. This way, you can tailor the exported data to meet your requirements by using various SQL clauses and conditions to filter and sort the dataset before exporting.

    Setting the Delimiter for CSV Export

    During the export process, you have the option to choose the delimiter for your CSV file. The Export Data function allows you to select between a Comma, Tab, or Colon delimiter to separate the fields in your exported CSV file. It's important to select the delimiter that best suits the application that will use the CSV file.

    Handling Quotation Marks in Exported Data

    One limitation to be aware of is that the Export Data function does not properly escape quotation marks within the data. This could potentially lead to issues with the integrity of your exported CSV file if your data contains quotation marks. It's essential to take additional steps to handle or clean up the data after export if this is the case.

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    Seamlessly Integrate Pervasive SQL with Sourcetable

    Utilizing Sourcetable for your data management needs offers a sophisticated alternative to the traditional export-import process of Pervasive SQL to CSV. With Sourcetable's ability to sync live data from a wide array of apps or databases, including Pervasive SQL, you can bypass the cumbersome steps of exporting your data to CSV before importing it to another spreadsheet program.

    Sourcetable streamlines the data integration process by allowing you to directly pull in your data into a powerful and intuitive spreadsheet interface. This not only saves time but also ensures that your data is always up-to-date, providing real-time insights for better automation and business intelligence. Embrace the ease of Sourcetable and transform the way you interact with your Pervasive SQL data.

    Common Use Cases

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      Data backup in a universally accessible format
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      Sharing data with systems that require CSV input
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      Data integration where CSV is the required import format

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I export large data sets using the 'Execute in Text' feature in Pervasive Control Center?

    No, exporting with 'Execute in Text' may not work for large data sets. Instead, you should use the Export Data feature in PCC.

    How can I customize the delimiter when exporting data to a CSV file in Pervasive SQL?

    The Export Data function allows you to set the delimiter to Comma, Tab, or Colon when exporting query results to a text file.

    What is a potential issue with the Export Data feature in Pervasive when exporting to CSV?

    The Export Data feature does not properly escape quotation marks in the data being exported.

    Is there an alternative to Pervasive's built-in export functions for exporting to CSV?

    Yes, Full Convert is a self-tuning software that can be used for exporting data to CSV without the need to adjust anything during migration.

    What file types does Full Convert support by default when exporting data?

    The default file filter in Full Convert includes CSV, TXT, and TSV files.


    In summary, exporting data from Pervasive SQL to a CSV file is a straightforward process using the Export Data function in Pervasive Control Center (PCC). Users can easily export their data by right-clicking on the table name in PCC, selecting Export Data, and executing either the standard query or a custom query to retrieve the necessary data. The function provides flexibility in setting the delimiter as Comma, Tab, or Colon, according to the user's requirements. However, it is important to note that the export function may not properly escape quotation marks within the data. For those looking to bypass these steps and enhance their productivity, consider using Sourcetable to import data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable today to get started and streamline your data management tasks.

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