Export descriptor records

You can create an export descriptor record to define the rules for exporting data from Service Manager tables to external files. Each export descriptor record describes the following information:

  • The Service Manager source table to be exported
  • The fields from the table to export
  • Formatting information about each field
    • Field start position
    • Field width
    • Number of entries to extract from array fields
    • Date and time format
  • The related Format Control record to use, if any, to validate and format data prior to export

Note: You cannot export database dictionary field definitions using an export description record. To export database dictionary field definitions, use the native Service Manager unload format.

When you create an export descriptor record, Service Manager validates the table selected for exporting against the database dictionary. If the validation is unsuccessful, Service Manager displays the following message: Validation failed

You can click on the warning message to see the reasons why the data validation failed. Although Service Manager lets you save an invalid export description record, you cannot use this record to export data. You need to correct any validation errors before exporting data. After Service Manager validates the table, it exports each record as a single line entry in the resulting external file.

Related topics

Data maps
Exporting records
Unload files
Importing records
Purging and archiving records
Unload script utility
Master data records

Add an export descriptor record
Export a record list to a text file
Export a record list to an Excel file
Export a record list using an export description record
Export an individual record using an export descriptor record
Export selected records from a table using an export descriptor record
Schedule the exporting of records using an export descriptor record
Schedule the unloading of records
Unload a database dictionary only
Unload a record list
Unload an individual record
Unload records from multiple files
Unload selected records from a file
Update an export descriptor record

Unload error messages