Tackling MySQL Error 1262: Strategies for Diagnosing and Fixing Data Truncation Issues

Encountering Error 1262 – SQLSTATE: 01000 (ER_WARN_TOO_MANY_RECORDS) in MySQL can be a sign of data inconsistency during data import operations. The error message “Row %ld was truncated; it contained more data than there were input columns” indicates that a row in the input file has more fields than the target table can accommodate.

Understanding the Error

MySQL Error 1262 occurs when you try to import data from a file into a table, and the source data has more columns than the destination table expects. This can happen due to various reasons such as:

  • Incorrectly formatted input files.
  • Mismatched column count between the input file and the database table.
  • Extra delimiters in the input data that MySQL interprets as additional columns.

Diagnosing the Problem

To resolve this issue, you need to carefully inspect both the input file and the target table structure:

  1. Check Input File Format: Ensure that the file you’re importing has the correct number of columns and that the delimiter used in the file matches the one specified in the LOAD DATA INFILE command.
  2. Review Table Structure: Compare the number of columns in the input file with those in the target table to ensure they match.
  3. Inspect Data Consistency: Look for extra delimiters or inconsistent use of qualifiers in the data that could cause MySQL to misinterpret the number of columns.

Fixing the Error

Here are some strategies to correct Error 1262:

  1. Correcting File Formatting: If the input file has the wrong number of columns, you’ll need to edit the file to match the table’s structure. For example, if your table has 3 columns but your CSV file has 4, you would remove the extra column from the CSV.
  2. Specifying Delimiters and Enclosures: Make sure you’re using the correct delimiters and optionally enclosures when importing data. For example: LOAD DATA INFILE 'path/to/your/file.csv' INTO TABLE your_table_name FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' ENCLOSED BY '"' LINES TERMINATED BY '\n'; Adjust the FIELDS TERMINATED BY and ENCLOSED BY options as per your data file’s format.
  3. Ignoring Additional Columns: If the extra data is not needed, you can choose to ignore additional columns using variable assignment. For example, if your CSV has 4 columns and your table only needs the first 3: LOAD DATA INFILE 'path/to/your/file.csv' INTO TABLE your_table_name (column1, column2, column3, @dummy); Here, @dummy is a user-defined variable that will absorb the extra column data.
  4. Modifying Table Structure: If the input file is correct and the table needs more columns, you can alter the table to add the necessary columns:
    sql ALTER TABLE your_table_name ADD COLUMN new_column_name VARCHAR(255);
    Repeat the ADD COLUMN part as needed for the number of columns you need to add.


  • Always validate your data file with a text editor or a CSV validator to check for formatting issues before importing.
  • Use a test environment to perform the import first to avoid potential data loss or corruption in your production database.
  • Consider using a tool like MySQL Workbench which can provide a graphical interface to help with importing CSV files and may give more intuitive feedback on errors.

By carefully analyzing and adjusting your data import process, you can overcome MySQL Error 1262 and ensure that your data is imported correctly and without loss. Remember to always work with a backup when manipulating your database to prevent accidental data issues.

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