Altair® Panopticon


Connector for Text

The Text connector allows the retrieval and processing of delimited Text files (such as CSV, TSV, and so on), either from a disk or from a defined URL.


1.     Select the Text File Source.




The Upload File button, when clicked, allows the user to choose files from their own computer. To choose files that resides on the Panopticon Server machine, use the Link to File option and fill in the Text File Path.


The standard settings controlling how the text file is parsed, is listed. These include the following:



Skip First N Rows

Specifies the number of rows that will be skipped.

Data Type Discovery

Specifies how many rows from the text file should be used when automatically determining the data types of the resulting columns.

Decimal Separator

Select either the dot (.) or comma (,) as the decimal separator.

File Encoding

Set the character encoding to use in text data.

·        UTF-8

·        UTF-16

·        UTF-32

·        US-ASCII

·        Windows-1252

Text Qualifier

Specifies if fields are enclosed by text qualifiers, and if present to ignore any column delimiters within these text qualifiers.

Column Delimiter

Specifies the column delimiter to be used when parsing the text file.

First Row Headings

Determines if the first row should specify the retrieved column headings, and not be used in data discovery.


2.     Click  to the fetch the schema based on the connection details. Consequently, the list of columns with the data type found from inspecting the first ‘n’ rows of the input data source is populated and the Save button is enabled.

By default, all the generated columns are enabled. You can uncheck the Select All box, then check the boxes of the columns that will be enabled.

3.     You can also opt to load or save a copy of the column definition.

4.     Click to add columns and specify their properties:




The column name of the source schema.

Column Index

The column index controls the position of a column. Must be >= 0.


The data type of the column. Can be a Text, Numeric, or Time

Date Format

The format when the data type is Time.


Determines whether the message should be processed.


To delete a column, check its  or all the column entries, check the topmost , then click .

5.     Date/Time values of output data and Date/Time inputs, where supported, are by default unchanged.

You can opt to define the Show in Timezone and Source Timezone settings.