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  • Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

    Last night working on my application I saved everything and went to do a backup using Tools/Backup Restore. When I clicked that option nothing happened. I tried it again and same result. I closed A5V11, re-opened the app and tried again. Nothing. I clicked on the Reports tab and everything was gone, Letters - gone, same for every other tab, everything is gone. If I go to the Tables tab I still see my Active Link tables so I try to open one and I get the errors below. So at the moment I have nothing to work on, nothing is there. Pretty disastrous.

    Has anyone run into this before? If so, how do I fix it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    -John

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    Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

    Forgot to upload the screen shots
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      Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

      Instead of doing a "restore", use Window's Explorer to navigate to the backup file and unzip in a temporary directory. Test it there first. If all is well, copy to your original folder(s).
      Peter
      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

      [email protected]
      https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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        Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

        Hi Peter, thanks for the reply. I had thought of that but my last backup was 24hours previous and I did a lot of work on it yesterday, I was hoping there was something else I could do to retrieve yesterdays work. However, I had an appointment to go to so I switched off the PC, left, came back, switched on the PC, loaded yesterdays program and still everything was gone. So before doing the unzip as you suggested, I just tried one more time to do a compact of the database. Earlier this had not worked but this time it did and my reports, letters etc were all back. I haven't a clue why all of a sudden this compact worked and/or why all the other pieces returned, but they did. I just hope this isn't something that is going to repeat itself because it's pretty disturbing. I do have backups so I could have restored the previous version (I'm assuming) but I would have lost yesterday's stuff.

        Anyway, the PC gremlins have smiled upon me and everything appears normal now except I have less hair.

        Thanks for the suggestion.

        -John

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          Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

          John

          Was your backup a complete backup or only what was changed?
          Al Buchholz
          Bookwood Systems, LTD
          Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

          Occam's Razor - KISS
          Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
          Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
          When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
          "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
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            Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

            Good question, I think it was a full backup, at least I'm assuming when I use A5 Tools/Backup that it creates a full backup (less any data files that might be in another directory). I usually try to backup throughout the day but wouldn't you know the one time I backup 24 hours earlier is the day I have a problem. Murphy's Law lives on!

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              Re: Error:Cannot create file... my app is gone

              Look to see if 4 files named .adb, .alb, .alm, .alx where the filename is the database name are in the backup.

              Sounds to me like the .alx was not backed up/restored and the database compact rebuilt it.
              Last edited by Al Buchholz; 12-21-2011, 08:51 PM.
              Al Buchholz
              Bookwood Systems, LTD
              Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

              Occam's Razor - KISS
              Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
              Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
              When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
              "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
              Albert Einstein

              http://www.iadn.com/images/media/iadn_member.png

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