Invalid Field Length in dBase III file?
Posted on 2005-03-17
I am parsing what I believe is a "dBASE III, index present" file using Java. At least that is what DBF Viewer tells me it is.
As I read in the field descriptors, the first 15 or so read in normally, parsing the field name, type, and length. But suddenly when I come to a field of type character named "Notes" that DBF Viewer is telling me should be length 250, I am reading length "-6" .
Does anyone have an idea what this might be? As I said, all the other fields to that point seem to be normal.
Thanks in advance!