Unexpected EOF encountered in BCP data-file

by Oliver 15. September 2011 17:05

Today, I tried importing a CSV file like the following into one of our MS SQL Server databases:


I tried it using the following command line:

   1: bcp GeoDataImport in geodata.csv -w -t; -T

but that threw the mentioned error:

“Unexpected EOF encountered in BCP data-file”

cmd> bcp GeoDataImport in geodata.csv -w -t; -T
Starting copy...
SQLState = S1000, NativeError = 0
Error = [Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Unexpected EOF encountered in BCP data-file
0 rows copied.
Network packet size (bytes): 4096
Clock Time (ms.) Total     : 1

I’ve had this problem before and somehow managed to remember that it might have something to do with the encoding of the file. So I opened it with Notepad++ where you can easily check and change the file encoding and found it was ANSI encoded:


Well, the UCS-2 Little Endian encoding is what SQL Server expects as default encoding, so I changed the encoding, saved the file and imported it again – with success. UCS-2 might be something you rarely hear about – that’s because it’s been superseded by UTF-16 but in most situations they are pretty much identical (check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-16/UCS-2 for more info).

That’s all for now – happy coding!

Comments (3) -

Bryanna Koenigs
Bryanna Koenigs United States
5/18/2015 7:31:24 PM #

thanks for that article


DB master Bater
DB master Bater United Kingdom
6/3/2015 5:14:45 PM #

did not work.


Deb United States
9/17/2015 8:10:19 PM #

You saved my day. I was trying to upload a comma separated one record file with CRLF and getting the same error. I was surprised because everything was perfect and BULK INSERT was working fine with the same file. I googled so many articles but no clue. Then this article helped me. After saving the file in ANSI format everything started working!!! THANK YOU!


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