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This error occurs when adding a shapefile to ArcView:
"Error in Reading Shape Record Length for Record . . ."
The shapefile is corrupted. Shapefiles can become corrupted if the $HOME and/or $TEMP directories full, or if they don't have enough disk space.
1. Determine the settings for the $HOME and $TEMP environment variables.
2. Make sure there is plenty of free space on the drive where the $HOME and $TEMP directories are located.
There should be 100 MB of free disk space.
3. Check the contents of the $HOME and $TEMP directories. Remove any un-needed files. If you do not wish to delete any of these files, you can rename the directory and create a new one. For example, rename c:\temp to c:\temp1 and then create a new c:\temp folder.
ArcView will perform optimally if each directory contains less than 100 MB of files.