Friday, August 4, 2017

bcp error - Invalid column type from bcp client for colid 1 - Solution

You might be experiencing the following error with bcp when loading text data to SQL Server table;

It is possible to see this error when there is a data type mismatch between a column related to the destination table and a field coming from the file. However, there can be a situation where you have used a view for the bcp and underline table has been changed. If so, you may see the same error.

In my case, my destination table has an identity column, hence I created a view for getting data via bcp. I started seeing this error after making some modifications to the table. Once the view is dropped and recreated, it worked without any issue.

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