The function writes file_contents to the file filename. It returns 0 if successful, and non-zero if it fails.
The filename value can be prefixed by either an absolute or a relative path. If filename is prefixed by a relative path, then the file name is relative to the current working directory of the database server. If
the file already exists, its contents are overwritten.
This function can be useful for unloading long binary data into files.
You can also use the CSCONVERT function to address character set conversion requirements you have when using the xp_write_file
system procedure. See CSCONVERT function [String].
This example uses xp_write_file to create a file accountnum.txt containing the data 123456:
CALL xp_write_file( 'accountnum.txt', '123456' );
This example queries the Contacts table of the sample database, and then creates a text file for each contact living in New
Jersey. Each text file is named using a concatenation of the contact's first name (GivenName), last name (Surname), and then
the string .txt (for example, Reeves_Scott.txt), and contains the contact's street address (Street), city (City), and state (State), on separate lines.
Surname || '_' || GivenName || '.txt',
Street || '\n' || City || '\n' || State )
FROM Contacts WHERE State = 'NJ';
This example uses xp_write_file to create an image file (JPG) for every product in the Products table. Each value of the ID
column becomes a file name for a file with the contents of the corresponding value of the Photo column:
SELECT xp_write_file( ID || '.jpg' , Photo ) FROM Products;
In the example above, ID is a row with a UNIQUE constraint. This is important to ensure that a file isn't overwritten with
the contents of subsequent row. Also, you must specify the file extension applicable to the data stored in the column. In
this case, the Products.Photo stores image data (JPGs).