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  • Files still "in use"

    I seem to always have a problem with my production database, which is on a server in our office, telling me that one of the tables is "in use", even though I have physically checked each machine which has access the the network and no one is running Alpha Five at the time.

    I am trying to delete the database and replace it with some changes I made over the weekend. This seems to occur pretty regularly. Does anyone have this problem? Is there any way to tell who has locked the files?

    Thank you!
    David A. Volgas, MD

  • #2
    Re: Files still "in use"

    Have you used the task manager on each machine to make sure there is not an instance still running (under the processes tab)?

    Is remote access allowed?

    Just a couple of thoughts
    Glen Schild

    My Blog


    • #3
      Re: Files still "in use"

      Remote access is not allowed on our network. I'll check the Task Manager to make sure about that. Interestingly, I can overwrite all the files with the updated version and doon't get an error messge. Go figure.

      Thank you!

      David A. Volgas, MD


      • #4
        Re: Files still "in use"

        On the server right click 'My Computer' and select 'Manage'.
        From here expand 'Shared Folders and then select 'Open Files', then you can see which files are open and who has them open.
        In Alpha I have found that Operations often leave a file open and of course xbasic scripts that open but do not close tables.


        • #5
          Re: Files still "in use"

          Thanks, Gary. Wil have to get the system administrator to do that. Too bad there's not a clean way to tell A5 to close all open files as a developer. A5_forceclose_all() doesn't work.

          David A. Volgas, MD


          • #6
            Re: Files still "in use"

            The "clean way" is to find the code leaving the files open and fix that code. This will mean that files are closed when the code is executed rather than closing with brute force some time later.


            • #7
              Re: Files still "in use"


              This is a real shot in the dark. Is it possible that a form is being left open that is based on a table or set. Possibly a menu form (not based on a dummy table) or a form with a timer. Like I said "a real shot in the dark"

              Just a thought

              Tom Baker