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Error: Error opening convert file

Error Message

This error occurs while attempting to geocode using the Geocoding Developer's Kit:

"Error opening convert file"

Cause

You are using an older us_addr.pat and/or us_intsc.pat file from ArcView 2.1.

Solution or Workaround

If you are working with the us_addr.pat and us_intsc.pat files because you had made pattern file edits from the Geocoding Developer's Kit, you need to re-edit these files.

  1. Remove the following four lines.

    \POST_START 
    SOUNDEX {SN} {XS}
    RSOUNDEX {SN} {XR}
    \POST_END

  2. Re-encode the files using ENCODPAT as directed by the Geocoding Developer's Kit. All of the other pattern edits will work fine.