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Export rich text field data from Notes to Informix

I need to export data from a Notes database to an Informix database. I can successfully export text, date or number data to the Informix tables. But when I try to export rich text field data (retrieved in LotusScript with the GetFormattedText method) from the Notes database to the Informix table's column, which is a CLOB data type, it fails.

This is the first time I've worked with Informix. I'm doing this export with LotusScript and an ODBC connection on my desktop. What should I do?

Also, I have a SQL Server database running on my local Notes server, where this application resides. I created a test table to which I can write this data, and when I try to write the rich text field data to a "text" data type in the SQL server table of my test database, it only writes some of the data, and only on some of the rich text field data. I'm using a string var to do this. Does this suggest a memory limitation for the string var I'm using in LotusScript?

Getting rich text data from Notes to another database system is a challenge, since Lotus uses its own proprietary format for rich rext fields. Try using LEI, which "understands" rich text fields. However, even with this method, your front-end Informix application still may not present the RT data properly.

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This was first published in June 2004

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