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exporting SCO Unix .dat file to delimited text file

I am working on an sco unix machine and tried to open a file called cust.dat.  I thought it was a text file but it is binary.  

My goal is to create a text file export for transfer to a windows xp machine to be imported into a foxpro or access table.

How can I tell what type of database manager this file was built on?  And, HOW can I export the data from it to text file?
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jimoswald
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yuzhCommented:
try:

strings cust.dat > cust.txt

have a look at cust.txt file to see how it looks like.

What application software create the cust.dat file ?
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jimoswaldAuthor Commented:
Nice Job yuzh!  That seems to be the answer.

The app is an automotive industry program that we are ditching for a new custom Windows GUI app.  The old vendor would not help us if we asked him how to export the data from his software so we can ditch it!

We are not Unix geniuses obviously.

Thanks again
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