I am having trouble Exporting from an Access Table to a Text File - Ihave created an Export Specification that works manually in Access, but my VBA Code Complains with a Run-time error '3442'

Posted on 2006-07-10
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am trying to automate the exporting of some data from a Table to a Test File. The data is actually created by a Query, but because I have some Memo fields of more than 255 characters, I have had to make the Query an Append Query, & my code firstly removes all Rows from the Table, then runs the Query to repopulate the Table.

If I Export the data from this Table manually, it works just fine, using the Export Specification I have created previously. However, if I run my VBA Code, I get the following error:

 "Run-time error '3442':

 In the text file specification 'ExportToTextFile', the ExtendedInfoText option is invalid."

Here is my VBA Code:

 DoCmd.TransferText acExport, "ExportToTextFile", "ExportToTextFile", "\\Ukenetsrv01\clients\Direct.com\Export.txt", True

The ExportToTextFile is the Export Specification I have previously created.

Any idea what's wrong here?

Question by:PaulCutcliffe
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Expert Comment

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Could it possibly be getting confused as your spec and source object have the same name?
Have u tried changing one of the names to something else to see what happens?


Author Comment

ID: 17073793
Yes, I've tried various names, but the result is the same.

Author Comment

ID: 17074124
If I remove one of the last two columns (quite big, come from Memo fields), then it exports perfectly, using my same VBA Code.

Are there limits that somehow only apply to these Export Specifications, but only when used in Code?
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puppydogbuddy earned 1000 total points
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According to Access help, you are supposed to use acExportFixed, acExportDelim, acExportHTML, or acExportMerge as the transfer type.....and presented the following example:

TransferText Method Example
The following example exports the data from the Microsoft Access table External Report to the delimited text file April.doc by using the specification Standard Output:

DoCmd.TransferText acExportDelim, "Standard Output", _
    "External Report", "C:\Txtfiles\April.doc"

Assuming you have a delimited file, your syntax should be:

DoCmd.TransferText acExportDelim, "ExportToTextFile", "ExportToTextFile", "\\Ukenetsrv01\clients\Direct.com\Export.txt", True

Author Comment

ID: 17077770
puppydogbuddy: Excellent, that works a treat!

I hadn't spotted that, & even if I had, would probably have assumed that I didn't need to specify 'Delimited' there, as I was using an Export Specification that stated it was delimited, & it did work fine with just one less Memo field in.

Anyway, thanks for sorting that. :-)

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You are welcome.  Glad I could help.

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