The TIBCO StreamBase® CSV File Writer is suitable for saving tuples to comma-separated value (CSV) format files.
There are a number of options that help you control how and when files are created, how big files can be, and how strings are saved in the file.
In the StreamBase application that contains the CSV File Writer adapter, if the output CSV file will be used by an application that requires a specific order of fields, and the fields in the stream's tuples do not match that order, you can use a Map operator to arrange the fields as needed.
If you write a CSV file containing timestamps and import it into Microsoft Excel, by default Excel does not display fractions
of seconds. To display times with millisecond precision, in Excel assign timestamp columns a custom format that you define
This section describes the properties you can set for this adapter, using the various tabs of the Properties view in StreamBase Studio.
In the tables in this section, the Property column shows each property name as found in the one or more adapter properties tabs of the Properties view for this adapter.
Name: Use this required field to specify or change the name of this instance of this component, which must be unique in the current EventFlow module. The name must contain only alphabetic characters, numbers, and underscores, and no hyphens or other special characters. The first character must be alphabetic or an underscore.
Adapter: A read-only field that shows the formal name of the adapter.
Class name: Shows the fully qualified class name that implements the functionality of this adapter. If you need to reference this class name elsewhere in your application, you can right-click this field and select Copy from the context menu to place the full class name in the system clipboard.
Start with application: If this field is set to Yes (default) or to a module parameter that evaluates to
true, this instance of this adapter starts as part of the JVM engine that runs this EventFlow module. If this field is set to
No or to a module parameter that evaluates to
false, the adapter instance is loaded with the engine, but does not start until you send an sbadmin resume command, or until you start the component with StreamBase Manager.
Enable Error Output Port: Select this check box to add an Error Port to this component. In the EventFlow canvas, the Error Port shows as a red output port, always the last port for the component. See Using Error Ports to learn about Error Ports.
Description: Optionally enter text to briefly describe the component's purpose and function. In the EventFlow canvas, you can see the description by pressing Ctrl while the component's tooltip is displayed.
||Name of file to write to. If this adapter is configured with a maximum file size, then this filename is appended with the
date and time when the maximum file size is reached.
Normally, the file is written to the directory that the application starts from, which is the default working directory for running StreamBase applications.
To change the target directory, you can either add relative or absolute path information to the file name, or edit the launch configuration used with your application to change the working directory (as described in Editing Launch Configurations).
When using the Compress Data option described below, StreamBase recommends using the
|Use Default Charset||check box||Selected||If selected, specifies whether the Java platform's default character set is to be used. If cleared, a valid character set name must be specified for the Character Set property.|
|Character Set||string||None||The name of the character set encoding that the adapter is to use to read input or write output.|
|Include Header In File||check box||true (selected)||Specifies the Inclusion of an optional row at the top of each file with the name of each column.|
|If File Doesn't Exist||radio buttons||Create new file||Specifies the action to take if the specified CSV file does not exist when the adapter is started: Create new file or Fail.|
|If File Exists||drop-down list||Append to existing file||Specifies the action to take if the specified CSV file already exists when the adapter is started: Append to existing file, Truncate existing file, or Fail.|
|Open File During Initialization||check box||false (cleared)||When selected, the output file is created, or opened and truncated, even if the adapter is not configured to start with the application, or the container in which the adapter is running has not started.|
|Compress data||check box||false (cleared)||If selected, the adapter compresses its output in gzip format.|
|Start control port||check box||false (cleared)||Select this check box to give this adapter instance a control port you can use to specify a new output file name. The schema for the control port must begin with a field of type string used to convey the name of the new file to open. When a tuple is enqueued to this port, the existing file, if any, is closed, and the new file is opened.|
|Start event port||check box||false (cleared)||
Select this check box to create an output port that emits an informational tuple each time a CSV file is opened or closed. The informational tuple schema has five fields:
For a file open event, the event port tuple's
For a file close event, the event port tuple's
For both open and close operations, the
For data events the event ports tuple
|Pass Through Data To Event Port||check box||false (cleared)||If enabled, when data tuples are passed in and a status event occurs the data tuple will be passed to the status event.|
|Field Delimiter||string||, (comma)||Specifies the character used to mark the end of one field and the beginning of another. Control characters can be entered
as &#ddd; where
|String Quote Character||string||" (double quote)||Specifies the character to use to quote strings when they contain the field delimiter.|
|String Quote Option||drop-down list||Quote if necessary||Specifies when string fields are quoted in the CSV file: Quote if necessary, Always quote, or Never quote.|
|Null Value Representation||string||
||Specifies the string to write when a field is null.|
|Timestamp Format||string||yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSZ||Determines the format of all timestamp objects written to the csv output.|
|Add Timestamp||drop-down list||None||Optionally prepend or append a timestamp to each CSV row of output. The header name will be
|Capture Transform Strategy||radio button||FLATTEN||The strategy to use when transforming capture fields for this operator: FLATTEN or NEST.|
|Max File Size||int||0 (no rollover)||Maximum size, in bytes, of the file on disk. If the file reaches this limit, it is renamed with the current timestamp and new data is written to the current name specified in the File Name property.|
|Max Roll Seconds||int||0 (no rollover)||
The maximum number of seconds before file names are rolled over as described in the previous row.
The Roll Period and Max Roll Seconds properties are mutually exclusive.
|Roll Period||drop-down list||None||Select among None, Weekly, Daily, and Hourly to specify the time period for automatic file rollover.
|Roll Hour||int||0||Allows for selecting which hour (0-23) to perform the file roll when daily is selected as the roll period. Defaults to 0 meaning 12:00:00 AM|
|Roll Minute||int||0||Allows for selecting which minute (0-59) to perform the file roll when daily is selected as the roll period. Defaults to 0 meaning 12:00:00 AM|
|Roll Second||int||0||Allows for selecting which second (0-59) to perform the file roll when daily is selected as the roll period. Defaults to 0 meaning 12:00:00 AM|
|Check for Roll at Startup||check box||false (cleared)||If selected, causes the adapter to roll the file at startup if, based on the file's last modification time, the configured roll period, and the current time, the file would have been rolled before the adapter was started.|
|Flush Interval||int||1||Specifies how often, in seconds, to force tuples to disk. Set this value to zero to flush immediately.|
|Sync on flush||check box||false (cleared)||If selected, StreamBase syncs operating system buffers to the file system on flush, to make sure that all changes are written. Using this options incurs a significant performance penalty.|
|Throttle Error Messages||check box||false (cleared)||Specifies showing any particular error message only once.|
|Log Level||drop-down list||INFO||Controls the level of verbosity the adapter uses to send notifications to the console. This setting can be higher than the containing application's log level. If set lower, the system log level will be used. Available values, in increasing order of verbosity, are: OFF, ERROR, WARN, INFO, DEBUG, TRACE.|
Use the Concurrency tab to specify parallel regions for this instance of this component, or multiplicity options, or both. The Concurrency tab settings are described in Concurrency Options, and dispatch styles are described in Dispatch Styles.
Concurrency settings are not suitable for every application, and using these settings requires a thorough analysis of your application. For details, see Execution Order and Concurrency, which includes important guidelines for using the concurrency options.
Typechecking fails in the following circumstances:
The File Name is null or a zero length string.
The Flush Interval is less than zero.
The Max File Size is less than zero.
More than one string quote character is specified.
More than one field delimiter is specified.
An illegal string quote option is specified.
The Max Roll Seconds value greater than zero and the Roll Period option selected is other than None.
On suspend, this adapter stops processing tuples, flushes all tuples to disk, and closes the current CSV file.
On resumption, it reopens the current CSV file and begins processing tuples again.