Velocity Reviews - Computer Hardware Reviews

Velocity Reviews > Newsgroups > Programming > XML > merge two xml files based on common key

Thread Tools

merge two xml files based on common key

Luke Airig
Posts: n/a
I have two xml files that I need to merge on their common field
(date_time). The merged output file needs to have the date_time field
and all fields from both of the two input files. I am using the Saxon
xml parser. Can someone please help me to get this to work? The two
xml input files follow, as well as my attempt to write the merge xsl

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<date_time> 2003/12/10.16:08 </date_time>
<driver_id> TRANSIT_VEHICLE_ID1 </driver_id>
<vehicle_id> FARE_TYPE_CD1 </vehicle_id>
<duty_shift_id> DUTY_SHIFT_ID_1 </duty_shift_id>
<route_id> ROUTE_ID_1 </route_id>
<cid_terminal_id> CID_TERMINAL_ID </cid_terminal_id>
<tag_id> TAG_ID </tag_id>

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<stop_location_id> STOP_LOCATION_ID1 </stop_location_id>
<latitude> 39.814658 </latitude>
<longitude> -105.183682 </longitude>
<date_time> 2003/12/10.16:08 </date_time>
<vehicle_id> TRANSIT_VEHICLE_ID1 </vehicle_id>
<fare_type_cd> FARE_TYPE_CD1 </fare_type_cd>
<blacklist_cd> V </blacklist_cd>

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
<xslutput method="xml"/>

<!-- load the merge file -->
<xsl:variable name="transactions"
<xsl:template match="/">
<xsl:for-each select="root/record">
<!-- cache the key: date_time -->
<xsl:variable name="date_time">
<xsl:value-of select="@date_time"/></xsl:variable>
<!-- copy the child nodes -->
<xsl:copy-of select="child::*"/>
<!-- copy the children of the matching record node from the
merge file -->

Reply With Quote
Patrick TJ McPhee
Posts: n/a
In article <(E-Mail Removed) >,
Luke Airig <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

% (date_time). The merged output file needs to have the date_time field
% and all fields from both of the two input files. I am using the Saxon

Note that the `date_time' field is an element.


% lrv_1_transaction_cid_1.xml:
% <date_time> 2003/12/10.16:08 </date_time>
% lrv_1_gps_cid.xml:
% <date_time> 2003/12/10.16:08 </date_time>

Also note that the contents of these two date_time elements are not
the same.


% merge_on_date_time.xsl:


% <xsl:variable name="date_time">
% <xsl:value-of select="@date_time"/></xsl:variable>

What you're doing here is getting the value of the date_time
attribute, which doesn't exist.


% <xsl:copy-of
% select="$transactions/root/record[@date_time=$date_time]/child::*"/>

Which you then compare to a date_time attibute, which doesn't exist.
The first part of the solution is to lose the @s. The second part
is to account for the difference in the number of spaces. You can
use the xpath function normalize-space() to do that, changing those
to excerpts to

<xsl:variable name="date_time" select="normalize-space(date_time)"/>



This leads to a couple of other possible problems. The date_time
element is duplicated. You can filter it out by adding
[name() != 'date_time']
to the end of the select expression.

The other is that the xml is not formatted too well. You might be
able to deal with that (assuming you care) by adding the attribute
indent='yes' to the xsl:method element.

Patrick TJ McPhee
East York Canada Removed)
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Re: Is there a way to merge two XML files via Python? Stefan Behnel Python 0 01-12-2012 04:39 PM
Is there a way to merge two XML files via Python? J Python 0 01-12-2012 04:04 PM
Merge two different xml files into one Kjetil Finsrud XML 0 11-23-2004 09:20 AM
[Ant] Merge two xml files Eirik Eldorsen XML 1 04-12-2004 05:02 PM
Merge two xml files on common date field and write out tab-delimited file Luke Airig XML 0 12-21-2003 08:00 PM