Re: [R] RODBC and NULL values

From: Jerome Asselin <>
Date: Tue 17 Oct 2006 - 14:42:51 GMT

On Tue, 2006-10-17 at 11:49 +0100, Mark Wardle wrote:
> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> > What sqltype(s) are your variables?
> >
> The variables are all numeric.

I don't think this is an RODBC issue. I've had similar problems with numeric variables in FileMaker without using RODBC.

I have exported from FileMaker to MySQL numeric variables containing non-numeric strings. Since MySQL won't allow non-numeric characters into numeric variables, empty strings and other non-numeric values were replaced by the default (0). I suppose that's the same with PostgreSQL.

You might get more luck if you first convert your variables as TEXT in FileMaker and then import them to PostgreSQL where you can reconvert them to numeric there after fixing the NULL values. It's a bit of extra work...

In my case, the strategy I used was to export the FileMaker data into XML format and then run a XSLT script to insert the data as TEXT into MySQL where I could detect and fix non-numeric strings.


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