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catching dbase_open error

Carbonecz asked
Last Modified: 2014-07-11

I'm trying to read dbf files, but dbase_open can't read some of them because they're probably in a different format (some higher version of foxpro) so it exits with an error:

Warning: dbase_open() [function.dbase-open]: unable to open database

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So, I found a package that can read them (PHPXBase). However it can only partially read some other formats that dbase_open reads fully.

Fatal error: cannot handle datatype

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That's why I'm trying to catch error dbase_open throws and then try to read the file with phpxbase like this:

try {
    dbase_open ( $file_name, 0 );
}catch (Exception $e) {
    /* create a table object and open it */
    $table = new XBaseTable( $file_name );

    /* print some header info */
    echo "version: ".$table->version."<br />";
    echo "foxpro: ".($table->foxpro?"yes":"no")."<br />";
    echo "modifyDate: ".date("r",$table->modifyDate)."<br />";
    echo "recordCount: ".$table->recordCount."<br />";
    echo "headerLength: ".$table->headerLength."<br />";
    echo "recordByteLength: ".$table->recordByteLength."<br />";
    echo "inTransaction: ".($table->inTransaction?"yes":"no")."<br />";
    echo "encrypted: ".($table->encrypted?"yes":"no")."<br />";
    echo "mdxFlag: ".ord($table->mdxFlag)."<br />";
    echo "languageCode: ".ord($table->languageCode)."<br />";

    /* html output */
    echo "<br /><table border=1>";

    /* print column names */
    echo "<tr>";
    foreach ($table->getColumns() as $i=>$c) {
            echo "<td>".$c->getName()." (".$c->getType()." ".$c->getLength().")</td>";
    echo "</tr>";
        /* print records */
    while ($record=$table->nextRecord()) {
            echo "<tr>";
            foreach ($table->getColumns() as $i=>$c) {
                    echo "<td>".$record->getString($c)."</td>";
            echo "</tr>";
    echo "</table>";

    /* close the table */

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The problem is this doesn't work. It executes Try, shows me the "unable to open database" error and doesn't execute Catch at all.

Can you help me with this? Thanks!
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