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Re^4: Problem with DBI, DBD::XBase

by hgtmp (Initiate)
on Jan 22, 2013 at 08:57 UTC ( #1014605=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Problem with DBI, DBD::XBase
in thread Problem with DBI, DBD::XBase

Hi Stefan.
I would like to upload the DBF-file which is a binary.
Do you know a validator for DBF files?
Thanks in advance, Holger

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Re^5: Problem with DBI, DBD::XBase
by stefbv (Deacon) on Jan 22, 2013 at 16:08 UTC

    Hi Holger,

    There is a utility included in DBD::XBase named dbfdump that might be used as validator. You can use it to post here the result from the following command:

    dbfdump --info file.dbf

    It can be used also to dump the contents of the database. Also Excel or Open/Libre Office can open DBFs (if you didn't know already).

    Regards, Stefan

      Hi Stefan.
      Many thanks for your help.
      Here is what I get with dbfdump:

      dbfdump --info EEV_DET_BATCHRUN_1~MAIN.DBF
      Version: 0x30 (ver. 5 (FoxPro))
      Num of records: 67
      Header length: 1000
      Record length: 214
      Last change: 2013/1/23
      Num fields: 22
      Field info:
      Num Name Type Len Decima
      1. PRODUCT C 8 0
      2. PURPOSE C 8 0
      3. GROUP C 50 0
      4. DISC_RATE N 6 2
      5. TIME C 10 0
      6. PERIOD C 15 0
      7. T_FROM N 5 0
      8. T_TO N 5 0
      9. CAL_MONTH B 8 6
      10. CAL_YEAR B 8 6
      11. CONTROL_CA B 8 6
      12. FINALISE B 8 6
      13. INITIALISE B 8 6
      14. INIT_NB_MP B 8 6
      15. PASS_DOWN_ B 8 6
      16. PROJ_MONTH B 8 6
      17. PROJ_YEAR B 8 6
      18. STARTUP B 8 6
      19. TCWP B 8 6
      20. WRITE_CRED B 8 6
      21. W_FORT_FLV B 8 6
      22. _NULLFLAGS 0 2 0

      Let me please recapitulate:
      I have a problem with the field CAL_YEAR.
      With Excel I get the years like 2012, 2013 etc.
      but with DBD::XBase I get decimal numbers.

      Regards, Holger

        Hi Holger,

        I see you have 'B' (binary?) type for many fields, I'm not familiar with this type, but the year and month data type should be integer or numeric with 0 decimal places - N(4,0) for example.

        Regards, Stefan

        Update: Table with the official list of column types supported by the module:

        use strict; use warnings; use DBI; my $dbf_dir = '.'; my $table = 'test_types'; my $dbh = DBI->connect("DBI:XBase:$dbf_dir") or die $DBI::errstr; my $def =<<"STR"; CREATE TABLE $table ( str_1 CHAR, num_1 NUMERIC(8,2), num_2 INTEGER, num_3 FLOAT, bol_1 BOOLEAN, blb_1 BLOB, blb_2 MEMO, dat_1 DATE, tim_1 TIME, dat_2 DATETIME ) STR unlink "test_types.dbf", "test_types.dbt"; $dbh->do($def);

        Update2: Interesting, the other interface (non DBD) XBase can make B type columns, but the length is 10 and decimal places 0, ignoring the parameters:

        use strict; use warnings; use XBase; my $newtable = XBase->create( "name" => "with_b.dbf", "field_names" => [ "ID", "MSG", "BIN" ], "field_types" => [ "N", "C", "B" ], "field_lengths" => [ 6, 40, 18 ], "field_decimals" => [ 0, undef, 2 ] ) or die XBase->errstr;

        So, my guess is that B(8,6) is a erroneous type.

        Update3: 'B' = Type Double :)

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