I am trying to import a mid/mif into MapInfo. I follow the usual routine of Table --> Import and select the correct mid/mif.

I get the following error:

(f:\FILENAME.mif:8) Found [(] while searching for [An identifier]

I have searched online and found no mention of this error. Any help?

  • What are the first ten lines of the .mif file?
    – CL.
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:18
  • Version 300 Charset "Neutral" Delimiter "," CoordSys Earth Projection 8, 79, "m", -2, 49, 0.9996012717, 400000, -100000 Columns 32 average_elevation Float date Char(10) domestic Integer(10) domestic_area Integer(10) drawing_colour Char(8) @CL.
    – DGraham
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:23

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Integer(10) is not a valid MapInfo data type (at least not in the version you are using). (Where did you get that file from?)

Replace that column type with either Integer or Decimal(10, 0).

  • I have changed these values, but now lose a number of the polygons? I had edited the files in qGIS, would this have caused he problem? @Cl.
    – DGraham
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:32
  • @DGraham From QGIS can you save the file as ShapeFile and then open the Shape file in MapInfo?
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:35
  • Saving as a shapfile takes a digit of some of the values?! So reduces down codes from six to five! @Cl.
    – DGraham
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:39
  • Yeah, can't explain it, and is very annoying!@Cl.
    – DGraham
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:50
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    Can't try it myself to confirm it works (and its a bit 'around the houses', but if you have a primary key in the data, would it be possible to select all of the columns EXCEPT the integer(10) column(s), save as a new layer and then export that to mid/mif for loading into MapInfo, then do a selection of primary key and the integer(10) column(s) and export as CSV. Load both into MapInfo and then rejoin on primary key.
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 15:58

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