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Can I create a .dbf file for db2 (AS400) ?

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I don't know a single thing about db2/as400.  I have someone that wants me to create a .dbf file that can be imported into their database.  Can this be done?  For me to accept the answer, I need an explanation of a .dbf file and how db2 uses it.  I also need to know if its just a matter of writing to a file with extension .dbf from VB.  Thanks.
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by:Éric Moreau
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dbf files are the dBase format (remember that products). It is a proprietary format.

Prefer using another format (a csv file for example - whihc is nothing more than an ASCII file with fields separated with commas).

You can also connect to the AS/400 computer and fill the database from VB. See:
http://www.able-consulting.com/ADO_Conn.htm#ODBCDriverForAS400 
http://www.able-consulting.com/ADO_Conn.htm#OLEDBProviderForAS400FromIBM
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by:jackjeckyl
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I won't be connecting to the database, all I'm going to do is create a file for him.  Thus, he is going to give me specs and I will create a file from that.  So I can just write a file with a .dbf extension same as I would with a .txt?
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NO! dbf is a propietary format (the format used by dBase).

Suggest another format like a .csv file.
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OK, so VB CANNOT create a .dbf file?  or shouldn't?  I don't think the guy knows exactly what he wants.  I suggested a delimited type file, but he didn't seem too sure.  He insisted on a .dbf file, and I told him I would look into it.  No go?
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Éric Moreau earned 150 total points
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Have a look at
http://www.winsite.com/bin/Info?500000003589


I have also found this:



  ' Export Table from MDB-File into
  ' DBF-File-Format
  ' for dBase/Clipper
 
  Dim mdb_Table As String
  Dim dbf_Table As String
  Dim sql_statement As String
  Dim path_target As String
  Dim dbf_target As String
 
  ' declare Database-Object
  Dim MyDB As Database
 
  ' Source MDB-File
  mdb_Table = "C:\allpst\allpstneu.mdb"
 
  ' Table in MDB-File
  dbf_Table = "plan"

  ' Target-directory
  path_target = "C:\test"
 
  ' Target-DBF-File
  dbf_target = "newdbf"
 
  ' SQL-Statement
  sql_statement = "SELECT * INTO [dBase IV;database=" & path_target & "]." & dbf_target & " FROM " & dbf_Table
  'sql_statement = "SELECT * INTO [dBase IV;database=C:\test].newdbf FROM person"
     
  ' open the MDB-Database
  Set MyDB = DBEngine.OpenDatabase(mdb_Table)
 
  ' delete DBF-File before "copying"
  If UCase(Dir(path_target & "\" & dbf_target & ".dbf")) = UCase(dbf_target & ".dbf") Then
    Kill path_target & "\" & dbf_target & ".dbf"
  End If
 
  ' SQL-Statement and transfering data
  MyDB.Execute sql_statement
 
  ' close MDB
  MyDB.Close
 
  Set MyDB = Nothing
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by:jackjeckyl
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So if I wanted to write data to db2, I'd have to do it as a big insert statement.  I haven't seen anything that says to write to a .dbf file, do this.  Just the Access export to a .dbf.
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by:Éric Moreau
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This statement:
'sql_statement = "SELECT * INTO [dBase IV;database=C:\test].newdbf FROM person"

takes data from a "person" table stock anywhere and create a DBF file name "newdbf" into the "c:\test" folder. Isn't it what you are looking for?
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by:jackjeckyl
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I think I'm good.  Thanks for the help.
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will you be back soon to close the question?
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