Thank you for your post.
FileMaker Pro does not read dBASE II files; only dBASE III and IV. Instead copy the information to text files. For example,
. USE <database file>
. COPY TO <text file name> TYPE DELIMITED
This will create a comma-delimited text file that can be imported into FileMaker Pro (or Bento).
Once you have the text file, you will need a utility on CP/M to move the files to another machine through a serial port. If the Kaypro has a modem, then find another machine with a modem to accept the file.
A data service that moves Kaypro files to another machine may be difficult to find, but may be worth the search.
Well we got it done.
First we transfered the 5.25 discs to Drive:B in a comma deliminated .txt file.
Then we tried to find a 5.25 disc drive to move the info to a Linux machine, but both the 5.25 drives we had were NFG. That took awhile to give up on.
Then we found a CP/m modem file called Mod7R65 for the Kaypro and my computer guy who was doing all this found a model file for Linux machine. A couple of serial cables and after a few false starts we had them talking to each other. Then we had to download some more modem packets but soon we had it transfering. The 6 files and 12,000 records took about 30 min. to transfer and soon I had all the files on a CD, which I quickly backed up and then moved to a basic Filemaker db. Now I will try and separate some of the fields, like dividing the name field into two fields and clean up a few others.
A great project which retrieved some 1986 files.
Thanks for your help.
I am glad to hear that you solved this problem, and thank for telling us how it was done. I used to use dBase II on a Kaypro, but I honestly could not remember any details. I was feeling your pain, but couldn't help!