> I am not sure if this is where I should ask this question but here it goes.
> I want to get the newest dbase for my Mother. She uses some ancient version
> of the program from the mid-80's and I want to find out whether or not the
> new dbase would be able to use files created by such an old version of it.
> My Mom claims it a dbase III but it could actually be Dbase II or I even. So
> if anyone knows an answer to whether these old files could be accessed and
> used I would greatly appreciate it.
> Deroff: Cannot open file +/umbc/general/v35/mfishm1/bin/wordlist
dBASE II was released in 1982 and dBASE III in 1985. From your description, it
sounds like you could really be dealing with either one. The VERSION() function
would return the version being used. However, I am not sure that dBASE II
included this function. At the dot prompt, try issuing the command:
dBASE II files are not directly compatible with any later version. However,
all subsequent versions included a separate EXE (called DCONVERT.EXE) to
translate the data files into a format useable in any later version. The
dBASE III data file format is useable, without modification in all later
dBASE II has some problems operating on some later machines (with hard
disks larger than 32Mb) and with most recent DOS systems. Therefore, if
your mother s still running either of these two versions, the chances are
that it is on an older computer (say, a slower 386 with DOS 3.3 at the
latest). This would mean she would probably require a later computer or
adding RAM to the existing computer in order to run the latest versions of
dBASE (that is dBASE 5.0 for DOS and dBASE 5.0 for Windows). The DOS version
requires 4Mb of RAM (that's 3Mb extended memory that must be free), though
6Mb is recommended for best performance. The DOS version also requires a
386 or better, with at least DOS 3.3. The Windows version requires at least
6Mb of RAM installed.
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