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#!/usr/bin/env python
# encoding: utf-8
Convert a folder of DBF files to a sqlite database
Created by John Whitlock on 2011-05-07.
import getopt
import glob
import os
import sqlite3
import sys
import dbfpy.dbf
help_message = '''
Convert a folder of DBF files to a sqlite database. Options:
-h, --help - This help
-d, --dbf - The path to the DBF files (default ./originals)
-o, --output - The output database (default output.db)
class Usage(Exception):
def __init__(self, msg):
self.msg = msg
def main(argv=None):
if argv is None:
argv = sys.argv
base_path = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(__file__))
dbf_folder = os.path.join(base_path, 'originals')
output_db = os.path.join(base_path, 'output.db')
opts, args = getopt.getopt(argv[1:], "hd:o:v",
["help", "dbf=", "out="])
except getopt.error, msg:
raise Usage(msg)
# option processing
for option, value in opts:
if option == "-v":
verbose = True
if option in ("-h", "--help"):
raise Usage(help_message)
if option in ("-d", "--dbf"):
dbf_folder = value
if option in ("-o", "--out"):
output_db = value
except Usage, err:
print >> sys.stderr, sys.argv[0].split("/")[-1] + ": " + str(err.msg)
print >> sys.stderr, "\t for help use --help"
return 1
convert_folder(dbf_folder, output_db)
return 0
def to_unicode(str):
'''Converts input string to unicode'''
return str.decode('iso_8859_1')
def convert_folder(dbf_folder, output_db):
'''Convert a folder of .dbf files to a sqlite database'''
pattern = os.path.join(dbf_folder, '*.dbf')
dbf_files = glob.glob(pattern)
if not dbf_files:
raise Exception('No .dbf files found in %s' % dbf_folder)
out = sqlite3.connect(output_db)
if not out:
raise Exception('Unable to open sqlite3 database at %s' % output_db)
out.text_factory = to_unicode
for dbf_file in dbf_files:
db_f = dbfpy.dbf.Dbf(dbf_file, readOnly=True)
r_table_name = os.path.splitext(os.path.basename(dbf_file))[0]
table_name = 'o_' + r_table_name.lower().replace('by', '_by_')
print 'Reading', dbf_file, 'into', table_name
# Convert DBF column types to sqlite
columns = []
names = []
for f in db_f.fieldDefs:
assert f.typeCode in 'NCL'
if f.typeCode == 'N':
if f.decimalCount == 0:
s_type = 'INTEGER'
s_type = 'REAL'
elif f.typeCode == 'C':
s_type = 'TEXT'
elif f.typeCode == 'L':
s_type = 'BOOLEAN'
name =
count = 1
while name in names:
name = + str(count)
count += 1
columns.append((name, s_type))
sql_cols = ', '.join(['%s %s'%pair for pair in columns])
sql_drop = 'DROP TABLE IF EXISTS %s ' % table_name
sql_create = 'CREATE TABLE %s (%s)' % (table_name, sql_cols)
sql_pos = ','.join(['?' for pair in columns])
sql_insert = 'INSERT INTO %s VALUES (%s)' % (table_name, sql_pos)
cur = out.cursor()
# Fast method
#cur.executemany(sql_insert, [row.asList() for row in db_f])
# Slow method, better for debugging
for row in db_f:
row_l = row.asList()
cur.execute(sql_insert, row_l)
if __name__ == "__main__":
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