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  1. Preface
  2. Using the Designer
  3. Working with Sources
  4. Working with Flat Files
  5. Working with Targets
  6. Mappings
  7. Mapplets
  8. Mapping Parameters and Variables
  9. Working with User-Defined Functions
  10. Using the Debugger
  11. Viewing Data Lineage
  12. Comparing Objects
  13. Managing Business Components
  14. Creating Cubes and Dimensions
  15. Using the Mapping Wizards
  16. POWERCENTERHELP
  17. Datatype Reference
  18. Configure the Web Browser

Working with Shift-Sensitive Flat Files

Working with Shift-Sensitive Flat Files

You can import shift-sensitive flat files in the Flat File Wizard in both fixed-width mode and delimited mode.
A shift-sensitive file may contain both multibyte and single-byte characters. A file may or may not contain shift-in and shift-out keys to separate multibyte characters from single-byte characters.
Shift-in and shift-out keys separate multibyte characters so the Flat File Wizard and the Integration Service can read each character correctly. A shift-out key signals the beginning of a sequence of multibyte characters. A shift-in key signals the end of this sequence. If the file source does not contain shift keys, you need to define shift states for each column in the file so the Integration Service can read each character correctly.
Use single-byte and double-byte shift keys.


Updated June 25, 2018