Read a .dbf RRS feed

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  • Hi folks,

    I have been trying without success to read the contents of a .dbf file into a datatable. It is a level 7 dbf.

    Using the following code I get error: "External table is not in the expected format."

    I got the code from a previous answer to a similar question.

    OleDbConnection conn;
    OleDbCommand cmd;
    OleDbDataReader dr;
    string sqlStr = "";
    DataSet myDataSet;
    OleDbDataAdapter myAdapter;
    conn = new OleDbConnection(@"Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\\Dir1\\Dir2\\;Extended Properties=DBASE IV;");
    sqlStr = "Select * from testdbf.dbf";
    //Make a DataSet object
    myDataSet = new DataSet();
    //Using the OleDbDataAdapter execute the query
    myAdapter = new OleDbDataAdapter(sqlStr, conn);
    //Build the Update and Delete SQL Statements
    OleDbCommandBuilder myBuilder = new OleDbCommandBuilder(myAdapter);
    //Fill the DataSet with the Table 'bookstock'
    myAdapter.Fill(myDataSet, "somename");
    // Get  a FileStream object
    FileStream myFs = new FileStream
                    ("myXmlData.xml", FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.Write);
    // Use the WriteXml method of DataSet object to write XML file from the   DataSet
    //  myDs.WriteXml(myFs);

    Any ideas ?



    Friday, September 9, 2016 8:16 PM


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  • Hi john pp nn,

    Since your problem is more related to ADO.NET Managed Providers, I will move it to ADO.NET Managed Providers Forum for support.

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    Monday, September 12, 2016 6:16 AM
  • Version 7 and higher of dBase are not supported by the Microsoft ISAM drivers. You would need a third party OLEDB or ODBC driver to connect to these versions.

    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Monday, September 12, 2016 1:22 PM