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Tech Note 411

Explanation of InTouch® DBDump/DBLoad CSV Formatting
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This tech note describes characteristics of the .csv file that is used in the InTouch DBDump and DBLoad operations.

.csv Section Denotation and Modes
Each section of the .csv file is denoted with a : (colon). A few examples of the different section groupings would be Access Names, Tag Types, Trends, etc. Each of the rows that begin with : (for starting a new section) contain the names of the columns for the data that follows. The very first line in every .csv file will be: :mode=ask by default. This line toggles what mode a DBLoad will be performed in when processing the .csv file. While ask is the default, here are the other available modes: :mode=replace :mode=update :mode=ignore :mode=terminate :mode=test A detailed description of each of these modes can be found in the InTouch User’s Guide.

The next section is :IOAccess. :IOAccess contains all access names to be defined inside of the application.

. InTouch must know all alarm groups before it starts importing tags because each tag’s definition includes what alarm group contains it.csv file occurs. After the above two sections we finally reach the sections that define actual tags. A section for each tag type is included: :MemoryDisc :IODisc :MemoryInt :IOInt :MemoryReal :IOReal :MemoryMsg :IOMsg These sections are where most modification of a . The same applies to the access names as each tag definition also contains a column for this as well. Note that the ordering of these sections is critical. In most cases the log entry will refer to an exact line/row number within the . Note: If any errors are generated when doing a DBLoad of a modified .csv where the problem was encountered along with a meaningful description.csv. :AlarmGroup contains the definition of all alarm groups in the application. The remaining sections are: :GroupVar :HistoryTrend :TagID :IndirectDisc :IndirectAnalog :IndirectMsg While you can add data to these sections. Publisher: Invensys Systems. There is also technical information on our software products at www. the Wonderware Logger is the first place you should look. Inc. You must be careful to add new tags to the appropriate section with all column values defined or the DBLoad will fail.wonderware. Tech Notes are published occasionally by Wonderware Technical back to top . CA 92630. Lake Forest.csv file.:AlarmGroup is the next section. The alarm groups are a good example of this. it is recommended that this be done through InTouch itself rather than directly through the . 26561 Rancho Parkway South.