Trouble with

David Stigberg stigberg at
Mon Feb 3 10:17:57 EST 1992

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> Greetings!
> 	This is my first posting to this list, so please excuse any
> breaches of Netiquette.
> 	I am trying to use the function (program?) to read
> a file in ARC/INFO GENERATE format.  The function cannot seem to open
> the file for reading, no matter where I am in the directory structure
> and regardless of the protections on the file.
> 	Needless to say, this is quite frustrating when I can see the
> file, vi it, and see no problem with it.  I also am trying to evaluate
> GRASS for a seminar report which is due in a few days.
> 	Any help is appreciated.  Even that of the, "Well, dummy, it's
> right there in the manual" sort.
> Harry Sharp

The solution to this problem is indeed in the manual, but it must be 
obscurely placed because you are by no means the first user to have missed 

The ascii files created with the ARC/INFO ungenerate command must be 
placed in a directory called "arc" in your current mapset ($LOCATION/arc) 
before conversion with 

(Cf. GRASS 4.0 User's Reference Manual, p. 379, 3rd paragraph 
under "Description".)

David Stigberg
US Army Construction Engineering Research Lab
Spatial Analysis & Systems Team
217-352-6511 x631
stigberg at

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