A standard (but older and limited) data storage format developed for the once-popular dBASE DBMS. Of interest primarily because it forms part of the "shapefile" specification for sharing GIS data.

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How to add an attribute field to an existing Shapefile via Python

I have a Python script that adds an attribute field to a Shapefile if doesn't exist. This is easy to do with ArcGIS (graphically or via Python), but I'm looking for something that doesn't depend on ...
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DBF creation and manipulation without excel 2003

My company just upgraded to Office 2007 and now I am no longer able to easily manipulate and create dbf's. I do not understand MS's decision by removing this capability but alas there is no use ...
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How to bypass 10 character limit of field name in ShapeFiles?

I'm exporting geometry with attached text attributes from oracle database to esri shapefile format (.shp) with Java and Geotools library. Attribute columns in our database have names with more than ...
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Why does ESRI make me store my DBF doubles as strings?

As far as I can tell I have to store all numeric values in a shapefile's associated DBF file as strings (yes, the N type is essentially a string). Can anyone confirm that ESRI does not support the use ...
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How to easily edit attribute data using Regular Expressions?

I am writing a tutorial for MSc students that uses QGIS. One of the tasks requires the attribute data to be modified (see pdf draft of tutorial here if interested ). The question is how to get them ...
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saving a dbf as xls in python

i've been let loose in the workplace to learn python to do things in Arcmap10. so, i've learning python as i go and trying to remember the programming i have done. where i am in this project is ...
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Is it possible to add a new line in a non-spatial table using Qgis?

While using QGIS, and having loaded a non spatial table (from a dbf or a Spatialite table), is it possible to add a new row to its table attributes? Normally in a spatial layer you have to use "add ...
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How do you determine a shapefile's charset?

Is there a way to determine the charset used for a given shapefile?
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How do I edit a shapefile DBF to repair an extra row?

Something got screwed up and now the rows of my DBF beyond #1210 are offset by one, meaning that each shape has the attributes that should be assigned to the next shape. If I were in a spreadsheet ...
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How to create a dbf field with length > 254? [duplicate]

Is it possible to create a text field in a database table with a length that is greater than 254 characters? Using arcgis 10.1