View Full Version : SEM How do you Clean Up?


Bonnie Jacques
06-15-2000, 09:16 AM
Each year in the spring I back up my files, and then I go and delete all the records in the databases. I noticed last year one of the DDD files was huge. This time the hours.sem file is 18,991 kb, is this a little big considering I deleted all the records?
I would like to know if there is a way to clean up all the .dbf's and whatever is related to them, so I can start with a fresh uncluttered application.

Melvin Davidson
06-15-2000, 10:06 AM

A little background,
Database files keep information about
scripts, forms, rpts, etc. in files that
end with

.ddd, .ddm & .ddx

Database "Sets" keep vital information
in .set, .sem & .sex

Likewise, apps keep inportant informatation
in .apd, apm & apx

You can easily reduce the size of the of most
of these files by running MAINTENANCE.
1. From the control panel, chose the APPS tab.
2. Then left click the Maintenance button.
3. Chose the appropriate file type you want
to run against. Hint, run them all, one at
a time.
4. For the file name, leave the wild card and type
eg: for database -> *.dbf
and click to on the drop down to insure you are
in the correct path for the file you need to shrink.
5. Then just ! (do it!).
Depending on how many files you have, the type and size
it may be quick or a few minutes. Either way, you can
note progress by viewing the progress meter on the bottom
left of your screen.