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       dbfdump - dumps the content of a xBase file to the terminal


       dbfdump [-h] [-r] [-m] xbase_file


       Dumps  the  contents  of  xbase_file to standard output. The first line contains the field
       names appearing in xbase_file, and each of the following lines contains the  field  values
       of  a  record.  Field  names  and values are padded by spaces to their field widths. Empty
       fields are printed as the string "(NULL)".


       -h     output header info (field descriptions).

              Prints the column field definitions before  other  output.  Each  field  definition
              consists of a line of the form

              Field: index, Type=type, Title=`name´, Width=width, Decimals=precision

              where  index  is the zero offset column number of the field; the type indicates the
              datatype of the field value and is either "Integer", "Real" or  "String";  name  is
              the  field´s name; width is the number of bytes reserved for the field´s value; and
              precision is the number of decimal places of precision for "Real" type fields,  and
              is zero for "Integer" and "String" type fields.

       -r     output raw field info, numeric values not reformatted.

              Prints  the  exact  bytes  occurring  in xbase_file for field values and suppresses
              printing "(NULL)" for empty values.

       -m     output one line per field.

              Prints each record in multiline format separated by empty lines. The first line  of
              a record gives the number of the record in the form

              Records: record_index

              where  record_index  is  the zero offset number of the record in the file, and then
              each field of the record appears on its own line in the format

              name: value

              the name of an existing xBase file.


       dbfdump -h testbase.dbf

       assuming that testbase.dbf has 1 record (inserted by other  example  using  dbfadd),  this
       command line will produce the following output:

           Field 0: Type=String, Title=´NAME´, Width=20, Decimals=0
           Field 1: Type=Double, Title=´AREA´, Width=9, Decimals=3
           Field 2: Type=Double, Title=´VALUE´, Width=9, Decimals=2
           NAME AREA VALUE REGION1 25.656 150.22


       0      Successful program execution.

       1      Missing xbase_file argument.

       2      Failed to open xbase_file.

       3      There are no fields in xbase_file.


       The following diagnostics may be issued on stdout:

       DBFOpen(xbase_file,"r") failed.

       There are no fields in this table!


       dbfdump  is  part  of  shapelib,  maintained by Frank Warmerdam. This guide was created by
       Eduardo Patoo Kanegae and converted to manpage by  Johan  Van  de  Wauw.  It  was  further
       enhanced with the man page written by Joonas Pihlaja (


       Unless  the  -r  option is given, values in numeric fields that overflow the int or double
       types of the C language are printed as plus or minus a huge number. For integer fields the
       huge value is HUGE_VALL from


       dbfadd(1),   dbfcat(1),  dbfcreate(1),  dbfinfo(1),  shpadd(1),  shpcat(1),  shpcentrd(1),
       shpcreate(1), shpdump(1),  shpdxf(1),  shpfix(1),  shpinfo(1),  shpproj(1),  shprewind(1),

                                            April 2020                                 DBFDUMP(1)