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    Stumped by an error message

    I have a small web project that I built originally in 2009 that I host on my home PC. It is only used during the summer months and so has been sitting idle for a number of months. Now, when I use it, the login component works, some of the grids work, but others don't. The ones that don't seem to be getting hung up on finding one of my tables. I get the following error message:

    I'm wondering if anyone can give me any tips as to how to troubleshoot this. I've tried everything I can imagine.

    This is the text of the error message if the image is not viewable:
    Error opening Grid table/view: Error loading [PathAlias.ADB_Path]\nextopp.dbf: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.


      What version are you running and did you update anything? I am not familiar with using dbf tables and use sql instead, but is there a chance since it appears you are using Dropbox that the files used to be downloaded and available on your hard drive and now are downloaded when you go to use the file? I know this is a very common use case with cloud storage providers.
      I would check your Dropbox settings first if you have changed nothing in Alpha and see if there is a setting on that entire folder to make available offline. If that didn’t work, I would test by moving the dbf files to a local location on your c drive and change the alias to point to that location instead.



        Thanks for the suggestion Wayne. I am currently on v4.6.4.7 Build 8483, however I've tried upgrading and downgrading versions to see if I could shake this thing, but with no luck. All of my files are stored locally and in the same folder as other tables that my grids can read just fine. Baffling.


          Might be worth checking he Dropbox recent changes to the license.
          Also, not running somethng for a while allows Windows updates to screw suff.
          Suggest going into edit mode - change nothing - resave and try again.
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            I've made some progress! I went into Web Project Properties | Design-time Properties and clicked off "encrypt connection strings", republished, and now my project seems to be working as it should. I'm not sure what I did or the dangers of doing it, but I'm in a much better place! Thanks for the tips!


              Glad you got it workin'.
              Just that minor change and republish will often pick up any loose Win update crapola.

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                Fantastic. Glad you are up and running.