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Data Loader - Escape Character for quotation mark


We're using the data loader to import a large amount of data via a csv file.

We've run into an issue where if there is a quotation mark in any of the csv fields, the data loader doesn't like it.

At the moment we're stripping the quotation mark out of the field which is resulting in the data being inaccurate.

Is there an escape character we can use so that the data loader doesn't have this problem?

We're activating the data loader through a php script, so we can do a search and replace to add the escape character in.

ie. replace all " with /"

I had a similar issue, but fixed it as part of my SQL that extracts data from my database.

translate(body, chr(34), chr(39))

That converts double-quotes (") to single-quotes (').

Is there some way you can fix it while creating your CSV file? From where is the file coming?
Hi jrotenstein

Thanks for the reply.

We've basically ended up doing a similar thing to your suggestion.
We've replaced all double quotes (") with two single quotes ('') within the csv file as a pre-processor.

We had a whole range of pre-processing tasks we needed to perform, so adding this to the list was relatively trivial.


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Carl Clavel


Hi Nick,


how were you able to solve this issue in dataloader?


Can you let me know ?


Thanks in advance.