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    When I try to import a text file using File import, or using a new operation and selecting import I get a message stating that a file C:progra.dbf can not be found. Can anyone advise me.

  • #2
    RE: Import Text file


    DBF files can usually be APPENDED. Doubt that they can be IMPORTED. Imports are reserved for non-DBF files I believe.

    If this doesn't get you going, post more details.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: Import Text file

      Thanks Tom. I'm trying to create an application for my company as part of the annual stocktaking. I'm trying to import a .Txt file with the stock details. I think it's the Import Genie that's missing.
      I can obviously import the .txt file into Excel then save as Dbf but I'm trying to create something for a user who may not be capable of doing it that way. A txt file is created from another application, standard fixed length. I want them to be able to create a table from this by clicking a button.


      • #4
        RE: Import Text file


        Sorry. I interpreted the error message you described as Alpha being unable to find your source file for the import, presuming that you were mistakenly trying to import a DBF.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Import Text file


          If the dbf does not exist make sure you are importing into a new dbf.

          I hope this helps.

          bob adler


          • #6
            RE: Import Text file


            This has been talked about before on the list.

            Make the new database (or if you already have it, open it.)

            Then create a shorcut to the database using the menu options from Alpha 5.

            With the control panel open, click Tools - Create Shortcut and follow the wizard to make a chortcut for your desktop.

            When you open the database from that shortcut, your import with function properly.
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            • #7
              RE: Import Text file

              Thanks guys for your responses. I am unable to use the File Import genie for a Text file. Even if I go to the operations tab and try to import a text file if fails immediately. If I use File, Import the message appears immediately. I'm not given any choices to select what I want to import etc. It's as if something is missing. Is there an addin for importing text files that's missing. The A5 message box that appears says "The system cannot find the file specified C:\progr.dbf". I would be importing a .txt file without a database already existing.


              • #8
                RE: Import Text file

                I'm now eating humble pie. I've just realised my problem. I'm working on a PC that's not mine in another part of the country/company and I've accidently gone into the application using an old shortcut taking me into A5V4 hence the problems. Sorry for wasting everyones time.


                • #9
                  RE: Import Text file

                  this bug only happens if you start a5 by double clicking on an .adbf file.

                  if you start a5 by clicking on a shortcut (created by the shortcut genie under the tools menu, or from the start/program files menu) then it does not happen.