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Viewing ARX file layout

This topic describes the contents of an ARX file and how to use Microsoft Excel to view the contents of the ARX file.

Example of a consolidated ARX file

The following figure shows an example of a consolidated ARX file:

Consolidated ARX file example

Each section of the data is provided in the following format:

  • CHAR-SET, which is the character set of the data.
  • SCHEMA, which is the form where the data will be imported.
  • FIELDS, which are database field names.
  • FLD-ID, which are field IDs.
  • DTYPES, which are data types for each field.
  • DATA, which are the data values. Each DATA row represents a record.

Viewing an ARX file in Microsoft Excel

To determine which data corresponds to which field, use Microsoft Excel to view the consolidated ARX file. These instructions are for Excel 2007.

  1. Open the ARX file in a text editor
  2. Copy the SCHEMA, FIELDS, FLD-ID, DTYPES, and DATA lines into an Excel spreadsheet.
  3. Click the Data tab, and select Text to Columns.
  4. Select Delimited, and click Next.
  5. Select Space for the delimiter, and ensure that the double quotation mark (") is selected as the Text Qualifier and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.
    The following figure shows the results:

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