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    Here is my beautiful situation... (to which I can't find a solution on the forums... if it exists, please link it!)

    After attempting to perform backups BACK to my local machine (from the server), a setting was clicked on my backup software that essentially wiped my local version of everything, anyhow... won't be trying that again...

    The good news is the application is running fine for the time-being on the server, and all a5w files and database files are intact and working.

    Just wondering what the procedure is to back-up everything from the application server back to the development system, and reconstruct the ADB file (which doesn't seem to be transferred to the server) (or else I wouldn't be asking).

    Is there a step-by-step way to recreate an ADB file based on the current files? (Because, as of now, drag-drop files back into the IDE doesn't seem to be working).

    fingers crossed!

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    Re: Rebuild locally using server files only


    You cannot copy published web files back to the production area, they won't be editable. Actually, the A5W pages will be editable, and will likely need only to put back in the pathalias if if was replaced with the actual path during publishing. But, as far as I know, you cannot re-use components that have been published. The server files are physically different than the development files. The code is rearranged, a short compiled area at the top is entirely different and the published files are at least half the kilobytes of the original.

    You could start to recreate your ADB file from published database files. First, create a NEW project, which will create a new ADB file. Then copy in all of your table files from the server. By all I mean all of the DBF, DDD, DBM, SET, etc. Then use File > Add Table to add each table. That will bring back your tables and any associated reports, forms. If you don't have copies of the database files on the server, then you are really hosed. If you really are in this position, I would contact someone at Alpha and pay for a quick support session IF they do have some special solution we've not heard of.

    After learning this, people normally stumble upon a reasonably recent backup somewhere.
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      Re: Rebuild locally using server files only

      Thanks Steve again!

      I managed to use an old backup, and implement a few changes.

      I now know what the "retrieve web user data" feature is all about. Too bad there isn't a feature like this for the website also. (Maybe a quick way to back up all local files and dump it in a "backups" folder on the webroot somewhere, might be a nice touch).

      Appreciate your help... saved me lots of head-banging.