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Converting File Formats?

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The Question is:

I am new to Vax OpenVMS and am looking for a utility that will decompress an
 RMS sequential file (.dat) to straight text (ascii .txt)

The Answer is :

  If the contents of the file are text, then TYPE will usually work.
  You can reformat the file via the CONVERT utility, most commonly
  via the CONVERT/FDL command.  You can remotely access the file
  via ODBC or JDBC.  If you require data type conversions within the
  records in the file (eg: converting embedded binary data, such as
  floating point or integer values to text), then a simple DCL command
  procedure or a program is typically required.

answer written or last revised on ( 8-JUN-2001 )

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