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Conversion of a ".dbf" binary file into a Text file.

Posted on 1998-11-18
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I will be grateful if you could tell me how to convert a ".dbf" binary file into a flat text file.

Contents of the fields in the ".dbf" file(s) are encrypted, making the length of the characters in the fields shorter than it's original intended size.

I'll be grateful if I could be told how to convert the fields to their original sizes and into flat text!

Thanks for your time!
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by:cookies
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by:scrapdog
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http://www.wotsit.org/database.htm

contains the file format for dbf files.
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skyflash earned 80 total points
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Here are a GPL:ed c-library for accessing dbf files:
http://www.komm.hdk-berlin.de/home/rasca/dbflib/

Here are perl scripts which converts dbf to text:
http://merece.uthscsa.edu/gram/projects/dbf2txt.html
http://ftp.digital.com/pub/plan/perl/CPAN/modules/dbperl/scripts/xbase/read_dbf.pl

If you only need to do a one time conversion you can find an windows NT exe which does the job here:
ftp://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/mirror/ftp.winsite.com/winnt/miscutil/dbf2txt.zip

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I was writing my answer while scrapdog put in his comment so if you think his comment is enough answer you can reject my answer (he was 5 minutes earlier...)
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Skyflash:  C64/128...rock on.
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