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Message Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 @ 18:35:12 GMT
The quick answer to your question is "chalk and cheese" (but that may only make sense to people from the UK!).
They are completely different.
An ARCMAIN backup file:
- is not intended to be read by anything other than ARCMAIN
- contains data in 'internal' format, i.e. how it is stored in the database, so a DATE field is in the backup file as a 4 byte integer
- retains compression
- (probably) retains encryption/encoding if you're using tools which do that to your data
- the dat ais transferred a block at a time rather than nominally row at a time
The 'universal format' basically contradicts all of the above.
Does that help?
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