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Command Line Interface

Integrate SnowConvert for Teradata into your CI/CD process with the CLI version of the tool.

Quick start

To execute a conversion with the SnowConvert CLI you have to have an active license. Currently, the licenses for the CLI are different than the UI, but if you already have a license for the UI you should be able to reuse the same license key. In the section below we show how to install a license key.
There are several Command Line Arguments documented below, but the main ones are -i for the input folder and -o for the output folder.

Install a license

To install a license key just execute SnowConvert CLI program with the -l argument and the license key.
$: snowct -l P-ABCD-12345-EFGHI

Check license status

To install a license key just execute SnowConvert CLI program with just the -l and no other arguments.
$: snowct -l

Migrate a folder

To migrate a folder just execute SnowConvert CLI program with the -i <INPUT FOLDER> and -o <OUTPUT FOLDER> arguments.
$: snowct -i ~/Documents/Workspace/Code -o ~/Documents/Workspace/Output

CLI Arguments

Basic Conversion

-i, --input <PATH> (Required)

The path to the folder or file containing the input source code.

-o, --output <PATH> (Required)

The path to the output folder where the converted code and reports will be stored.

-a, --assessmentmode

Flag to indicate whether or not to generate only Assessments files. By default, it's set to FALSE.

--snowscript

Flag to indicate whether the migration tool should migrate stored procedures and macros to Snowflake Scripting. By default, it's set to FALSE and the default target language is JavaScript.

-e, --encoding <CODE PAGE>

The encoding code page number used for parsing the source files. We only accept encodings supported by .NET Core. Here are the ones supported at the moment:
Code Page
Name
Display Name
1200
utf-16
Unicode
1201
unicodeFFFE
Unicode (Big endian)
12000
utf-32
Unicode (UTF-32)
12001
utf-32BE
Unicode (UTF-32 Big endian)
20127
us-ascii
US-ASCII
28591
iso-8859-1
Western European (ISO)
65000
utf-7
Unicode (UTF-7). Not available in .NET 5
65001
utf-8
Unicode (UTF-8). Default encoding

-m, --comments

Flag to indicate if user wants to comment nodes that have missing dependencies.

Object Name Customization

-s, --customschema <SCHEMA_NAME>

String value specifying the custom schema name to apply. If not specified, either PUBLIC or the original database name will be used. Example: DB1.MyCustomSchema.Table1.
If you provide this parameter with a schema named NONE --customschema none, the converted code will keep the original schema defined in the source code.

-d, --database <DB_NAME>

String value specifying the custom database name to apply. Example: MyCustomDB.PUBLIC.Table1.

Format Conversion

--CharacterToApproximateNumber <NUMBER>

An integer value for the CHARACTER to Approximate Number transformation (Default: 10).

--DefaultDateFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default DATE format (Default: "YYYY/MM/DD").

--DefaultTimeFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIME format (Default: "HH:MI:SS") .

--DefaultTimestampFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIMESTAMP format (Default: "YYYY/MM/DD HH:MI:SS").

--DefaultTimezoneFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIMEZONE format (Default: "GMT-5").

License and Help

-l, --license [<LICENSE_KEY>]

Shows the license information. If it's followed by a license key, it will attempt to download and install such a license. For example:
  • Showing license status snowct -l
  • Installing a license snowct -l 12345-ASDFG-67890

--terms

Show license terms information.

--help

Display the help information.

Other features

--disableEWIsGeneration

Flag to indicate whether EWIs comments (Errors, Warnings, and Issues) will be generated on the converted code. Default is false.

--generateStoredProcedureTags

Flag to indicate whether the SQL statements SELECT, INSERT, CREATE, DELETE, UPDATE, DROP, MERGE in Stored Procedures will be tagged on the converted code. This feature is used for easy statements identification on the migrated code. Wrapping these statements within these XML-like tags allows for other programs to quickly find and extract them. The decorated code looks like this:
//<SQL_DELETE
EXEC(DELETE FROM SB_EDP_SANDBOX_LAB.PUBLIC.USER_LIST,[])
//SQL_DELETE!>

--replaceDeleteAllToTruncate

Flag to indicate whether Delete All statements must be replaced to Truncate or not. This will generate MSCEWI2037 when the replacement is done. Example:
Input code:
create table testTable(
column1 varchar(30)
);
delete testTable all;
delete from testTable;
Output code (argument not specified):
CREATE TABLE PUBLIC.testTable (
column1 varchar(30)
);
DELETE FROM PUBLIC.testTable;
DELETE FROM PUBLIC.testTable ;
Output code (argument specified):
CREATE TABLE PUBLIC.testTable (
column1 varchar(30)
);
TRUNCATE TABLE PUBLIC.testTable /*** MSC-WARNING - MSCEWI2037 - DELETE ALL WAS REPLACED TO TRUNCATE, IT MIGHT BE CHANGED TO DELETE IF ACTIVITY_COUNT IS NEEDED ***/;
DELETE FROM PUBLIC.testTable ;
Learn more about how you can get access to the SnowConvert for Teradata Command Line Interface tool by filling out the form on our Snowflake Migrations Info page.

--splitPeriodDatatype

This flag is used to indicate that the tool should migrate any use of the PERIOD datatype as two separate DATETIME fields that will hold the original period begin and end values, anytime a period field or function is migrated using this flag MSCEWI2074 will be added to warn about this change.
Input Code:
CREATE TABLE myTable(
col1 PERIOD(DATE),
col2 VARCHAR(50),
col3 PERIOD(TIMESTAMP)
);
Output Code (argument not specified):
CREATE TABLE PUBLIC.myTable (
col1 VARCHAR(24) /*** MSC-WARNING - MSCEWI2053 - SNOWFLAKE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PERIOD DATATYPE, ALL PERIODS ARE HANDLED AS VARCHAR INSTEAD ***/,
col2 VARCHAR(50),
col3 VARCHAR(58) /*** MSC-WARNING - MSCEWI2053 - SNOWFLAKE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PERIOD DATATYPE, ALL PERIODS ARE HANDLED AS VARCHAR INSTEAD ***/
);
Output Code (argument specified):
CREATE TABLE PUBLIC.myTable (
col1_begin DATE,
col1_end DATE /*** MSC-WARNING - MSCEWI2074 - PERIOD DATA TYPES ARE HANDLED AS TWO DATA FIELDS ***/,
col2 VARCHAR(50),
col3_begin TIMESTAMP,
col3_end TIMESTAMP /*** MSC-WARNING - MSCEWI2074 - PERIOD DATA TYPES ARE HANDLED AS TWO DATA FIELDS ***/
);

--arrange

Flag to indicate whether the input code should be processed before parsing and transformation.
Learn more about this step on our Processing the code page.

--RenamingFile

The path to a .json file that specifies new names for certain objects such as Tables, Views, Procedures, Functions and Macros. This parameter can't be used with the customSchema argument. Navigate to the Renaming Feature page to learn more about this argument.
Learn more about this step on our Processing the code page.