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Error: An attempt was made to access an unnamed file past its end

Technote (troubleshooting)


This technote explains a possible resolution to an error that can occur when using the IBM® Rational® ClearQuest® Import Tool to import record data. This error can occur if blank columns from Microsoft® Excel® were exported into the comma-delimited ASCII text file that is being used by the ClearQuest Import Tool.


This could also occur if the records were modified in Microsoft Excel with a macro that places double-quotes around each value.

Resolving the problem

To resolve this error, try the following steps:

  1. Delete any extra blank columns in Excel.
  2. Create a new comma-delimited ASCII text file.
  3. Open the text file in Microsoft Windows Notepad, or another ASCII text editor.
    Note: Do not use Microsoft Word or WordPad, as they will add control characters that can cause further problems.
  4. Scroll to the last column of the first line listing the field names. None of them should appear as being blank ("").
  5. Retry the new ClearQuest import file.

Historical Number


Document information

More support for: Rational ClearQuest
Import tool

Software version: 7.0, 2002.05.00, 2002.05.20, 2003.06.00, 2003.06.12, 2003.06.13, 2003.06.14, 2003.06.15

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1118458

Modified date: 20 March 2011

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