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Is it possible to create a text field in a database (DBF) table with a length that is greater than 254 characters?

Using ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop.

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marked as duplicate by whuber Feb 8 '13 at 20:27

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No...check online for the specs for *.dbf files, they are well documented. ArcGIS has no magic powers to extend the inherent limitations. Consider a geodatabase instead.

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