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RM/COBOL to .dbf

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I have some files used by RM/COBOL.  I need to get them to a .txt, .xld. or .dbf.  I know nothing about the system they were copied from.  The files have no extensions associated with them.  Does anyone have ideas on how I can access this data?  Time is of the essence, as usual.  Any ideas are appreciated.
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by:David Lee
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It's pretty tough to make any suggestions without being able to see the files and without knowing what formatting may have been used in producing them.
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by:GrahamSkan
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This is a hacking job. Presumably something is known about them, or the task wouldn't be important.

It would be possible to put them into any file with any file extension, but the essential bit is to parse them and to understand the data.

Post some samples of the beginnings of the file(s) (first 1kbytes) with whatever you already know about each. E.g. is is a pay file, stock file etc.
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by:csiplus
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Does RMKF mean anything? Tat is in the first line of all of the files.  I have an odbc driver but since I don't have the definition files here it can't recognize data.

 I was able to get on their system and found "Intelligent Query IQ 2.67" via desk top streaming but they are on a dial up so I am unable try getting the data out that way but it looks like that would do it.

Another option I am going to try is Pervasive's Data Junction Migration tool kit.  Just not sure if that will do it.  

The following is their utility billing service file.
     RMKF         0     €                               
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David Lee earned 400 total points
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You might want to have a look at this.  The key though is going to be having the record layouts.

http://www.siber.com/sct/datafile/data-viewer.html
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by:csiplus
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You may call this a "hacking" job for all intensive purposes but the data is coming from a new client.

The data was brought back by a salesman who has offered them data conversion as part of their software purchase.  He just went on their system and copied all of the files there.  The system they are converting from is an old utility billing system written in RM cobol.  That is the extent of the information I have about them.

We just call it a days work.
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by:csiplus
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Thanks Blue.  I think we just don't have enough information.  Looks like a road-trip.
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