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NAME

RT-Extension-Assets-Import-CSV - RT Assets Import from CSV

PREREQUISITES

This version of RT::Extension::Assets::Import::CSV requires RT 4.4, as that version of RT has Assets built in.

If you're running RT 4.2 with the Assets extension, you should seek an older version of this extension; specifically, version 1.4.

INSTALLATION

perl Makefile.PL
make
make install

May need root permissions

Edit your /opt/rt4/etc/RT_SiteConfig.pm

Add this line:

    Plugin('RT::Extension::Assets::Import::CSV');

See "CONFIGURATION", below, for the remainder of the required configuration.

Restart your webserver
Run bin/rt-assets-import-csv

See bin/rt-assets-import-csv --help for more information.

CONFIGURATION

The following configuration would be used to import a three-column CSV of assets, where the column titled serviceTag is unique:

    Set( $AssetsImportUniqueCF, 'Service Tag' );
    Set( %AssetsImportFieldMapping,
        'Name'           => 'description',
        'CF.Service Tag' => 'serviceTag',
        'CF.Location'    => 'building',
        'CF.Serial #'    => 'serialNo',
    );

Constant values

If you want to set an RT column or custom field to a static value for all imported assets, precede the "CSV field name" (right hand side of the mapping) with a slash, like so:

    Set( $AssetsImportUniqueCF, 'Service Tag' );
    Set( %AssetsImportFieldMapping,
        'Name'           => 'description',
        'Catalog'        => \'Hardware',
        'CF.Service Tag' => 'serviceTag',
        'CF.Location'    => 'building',
        'CF.Serial #'    => 'serialNo',
    );

Every imported asset will now be added to the Hardware catalog in RT. This feature is particularly useful for setting the asset catalog, but may also be useful when importing assets from CSV sources you don't control (and don't want to modify each time).

Computed values

You may also compute values during import, by passing a subroutine reference as the value in the %AssetsImportFieldMapping. This subroutine will be called with a hash reference of the parsed CSV row.

    Set( $AssetsImportUniqueCF, 'Service Tag' );
    Set( %AssetsImportFieldMapping,
        'Name'           => 'description',
        'CF.Service Tag' => 'serviceTag',
        'CF.Location'    => 'building',
        'CF.Weight'      => sub { $_[0]->{"Weight (kg)"} || "(unknown)" },
    );

Using computed columns may cause false-positive "unused column" warnings; these can be ignored.

Numeric identifiers

If you are already using a numeric identifier to uniquely track your assets, and wish RT to take over handling of that identifier, you can choose to leave $AssetsImportUniqueCF unset, and assign to id in the %AssetsImportFieldMapping:

    Set( %AssetsImportFieldMapping,
        'id'             => 'serviceTag',
        'Name'           => 'description',
        'CF.Service Tag' => 'serviceTag',
        'CF.Serial #'    => 'serialNo',
    );

This requires that, after the import, RT becomes the generator of all asset ids. Otherwise, asset id conflicts may occur.

AUTHOR

Best Practical Solutions, LLC <modules@bestpractical.com>

BUGS

All bugs should be reported via email to

    L<bug-RT-Extension-Assets-Import-CSV@rt.cpan.org|mailto:bug-RT-Extension-Assets-Import-CSV@rt.cpan.org>

or via the web at

    L<rt.cpan.org|http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=RT-Extension-Assets-Import-CSV>.

COPYRIGHT

This extension is Copyright (C) 2014-2016 Best Practical Solutions, LLC.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The GNU General Public License, Version 2, June 1991