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This error occurs when running sdeimport to load an exported layer into a dataset that has a different extent:
"Export file is not compatible with layer."
An ArcSDE layer or feature class, exported with 'sdeexport -o create', can only be imported into a dataset that has exactly the same extent.
As a work-around, export the feature class into a shapefile instead of using the ArcSDE sdeexport command. Then, import the shapefile into the dataset that has a different extent.