Just as a matter of course, I am here to start something of a petition to BAN ALL FIXED LENGTH FORMAT DB FILES!!! oooo I hate 'em. Gimme pipe-delimited. Gimme XML. Something, ANYTHING besides fixed length. (okay, maybe not ANYthing. Comma-delimited is rather evil too.) As someone who often has to put together means to 'port data from one type of db to another, I have to say that fixed length is the devil, which is only made worse by the fact that it doesn't even have to be there. XML is my friend, though. Mmm XML.