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Hi all.
I am trying to read a binary file with a structure that contain fixed string element. But it doesn't work fine.
I know dat file with structure as below. The DAT file was created by other application that could code by Perl or VB 6 or any language.

ID Int (2 Byte)
Name String (36) 
Double Count
Flag String(1)

Here is my code.

public struct sFile
            public short ID;
            [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst=36)]
            public string Name;
            public double Count;
            [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst = 1)]
            public string Flag;

Load dat file to Datatable Method.
public DataTable sFileLoad(string pztablename, string pzfilename)
           sFile iFile = new sFile ();
           DataTable dtt = new DataTable();
           if (sfRead == null) OpenSFile(pzfilename);
           if (sfRead.EOF) OpensFile(pzfilename); // Open dat file method.

           dtt.Columns.AddRange(new DataColumn[] {
               new DataColumn("ID", typeof(Int16)),
               new DataColumn("Name", typeof(String)),
               new DataColumn("Count", typeof(decimal)),
               new DataColumn("Flag", typeof(String)))
               while (!sfRead.EOF)
                   sFile = (sFile)sfRead.GetNextStructureValue();



           catch (Exception Ex)

           return dtt;


There is a problem while reading file is the flag field have "" value.
if I did it with vb6 it works fine.
Value of Flag field is "S", "M", "T"...

Help me fix this code.
Many thanks
Updated 19-May-10 22:23pm

1 solution

I would consider using FileHelpers[^] to read the file
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