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Bug: ArcCatalog export to shapefile function truncates data in DBMS feature classes that contain columns that are 255 characters or wider

Description

The ArcCatalog export to shapefile function will truncate data in ArcSDE/DBMS feature classes that contain columns that are 255 characters or wider.

Cause

Shapefile text fields are limited 254 characters; this is a limitation of the dBASE format and cannot be altered.

Workaround

  • Restrict the data input to 254 characters.
  • Wider column widths are usually set to accommodate long data descriptions. If long descriptions are required, ESRI recommends breaking these into separate fields.