KB#00012-How to export your BBx data files to ASCII
How to export your BBx data files to ASCII
If you just want to throw the BBx-delimited fields into an ASCII-delimited file and figure out the data on the other side, you can do this. Something like the following logic should work:
1) Open the file.
2) Get the record length.
3) Create an empty STRING file.
4) start a loop that uses READ RECORD.
A) Create an empty export string.
B) Parse the record for the first $0A$ delimiter. Be sure to allow for trailing nulls (though I think that would indicate a corruption--all the fields should end with $0A$).
C) Add each field to the empty string, encapsulating with something like $22$+field$+$22$+",".
D) Strip the trailing comma from your export string.
E) Write the export string to the STRING file.
And there you have a generic ASCII export program, but remember that it will only export delimited fields, not fixed-length fields. You will have to parse the data somewhere, and that will require a knowledge of the file structures.
It would help if you had a valid data dictionary for the file set you need to export. You could use the above logic to write a "custom" export program without too much effort, drawing information from the data dictionary as you go.
Last Modified: 02/25/1998 Product: PRO/5 Operating System: All platforms
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