Input type: File, URL, or Database?

lbsntransform can read data from different common types of data sources.

The two main input types to distinguish are input from files and databases.

The following cli arguments are available for the two types.


At the moment, validation of CLI arguments is only done rudimentary. This makes it necessary to carefully check parameters. Expect that errors may be misleading. If in doubt, have a look at parameter processing in the config module.

File and URL input

  • activated by --file_input
  • json files --file_type json
    • stacked --is_stacked_json The typical form for json is [{json1},{json2}]. If --is_stacked_json is set, jsons in the form of {json1}{json2} (no comma) can be imported.
    • line separated --is_line_separated_json If this flag is used, lbsntransform expects one json per line (separated with a line break).
  • csv files --file_type csv
    • Set CSV delimiter with --csv_delimiter, common types are e.g.:
      • Comma: ',' (default)
      • Semi-colon: ';'
      • Tab: $'\t'
  • Additional flags for file input:
    • --input_path_url the folder, path or url to read from, e.g.:
      • --input_path_url 01_Input Read from the relative subfolder "01_Input" (default).
      • --input_path_url ~/data/ Read from the user's home folder "data".
      • --input_path_url /c/tmp/data Read from a WSL mounted subdir from Windows.
    • --recursive_load to recursively process local sub directories (default depth: 2).
    • --skip_until_file x to process all files until a file name with name x is found
    • --zip_records Allows to zip records from multiple sources using semi-colon (;), e.g.:
      • --input_path_url ";" Will process records from both csv files parallel, by zipping files.

Note --input_path_url

To not be confused, this flag is used to provide either a path or a url to data.

  • can also be list of urls (when using --zip_records)
  • paths can be relative or absolute
  • they will be parsed using pathlib.Path, which is OS independent.

Database input (Postgres)

  • activated by default
  • --dbuser_input "postgres" the name of the dbuser
  • --dbserveraddress_input "" the name and (optional) the port to use. The default postgres port is 5432.
  • --dbname_input "rawdb" the name of the database.
  • --dbpassword_input "mypw the password to use when connecting.
  • --dbformat_input "lbsn" the format of the database. Currently, only "lbsn" and "json" are supported.
  • Additional flags for db input:

    • --records_tofetch 1000 If retrieving from a db, limit the number of records to fetch per batch. Defaults to 10k.
    • --startwith_db_rownumber xyz To resume processing from an arbitrary ID. If input db type is "LBSN", provide the primary key to start from (e.g. post_guid, place_guid etc.). This flag will only work if processing a single lbsnObject (e.g. lbsnPost).
    • --endwith_db_rownumber xyz To stop processing at a particular row-id.
    • --include_lbsn_objects If processing from lbsn rawdb, provide a comma separated list of lbsn objects to include. May contain any of:

    Note --include_lbsn_objects

    Excluded objects will not be queried, but empty objects may be created due to referenced foreign key relationships. Defaults to origin,post.

See the full list of CLI arguments here.