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Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

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  • Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

    Do I have to install the runtime using the Alpha runtime installation program? In previous versions, I could just copy the files out of the installation on my development machine. The reason I ask is that I am getting some strange errors on moving to version 10. Here is the first.

    I am running this on Windows XP. When I print preview a report, I get an error that says:
    Script:a5_get_stored_menus2 line:18
    Error loading C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Alpha Software\Alpha Five Version 10\Installations\CEstimator\a_menus_system.dbf: The system cannot find the file specified.
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Alpha Software\Alpha Five Version10\Installations\CEstimator\a_menus_system.dbf

    Nothing has changed in the code except the runtime version. I was using version 8, now version 10. The program runs fine on my development version. I only get this error on a clean install where I copy my runtime files rather than run Alpha's runtime installation program.

    My other error is that I get an "invalid table handle" in a script that has a valid handle on the line indicated. How do I fix that?!
    Howard G. Cornett, Independent Consultant

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    Re: Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?


    No you don't need to install runtime using the Alpha runtime installation program. Copying the files should work, but I think you still need to register a couple of the .DLL files just like V8. Runtime should automatically copied the a_menu* files on first run.

    Try running the runtime a5.exe with administrative rights for the first time and see if that solves the errors.



    • #3
      Re: Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

      Yes you need to register all the codejock*.ocx (there about 4), the a5controls.dll, the a5contexteval.dll when you copy. You should be able to use the regserver comd from the run prompt EG type the following line in the windows run dialog

      regsvr32 [path to file] + file name

      If the path is C:\alpha5 thenit would be regsvr32 C:\alhpa5\a5contexteval.dll to register that file and so on
      Mark Pearson
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        Re: Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

        I made sure that I had registered those files, but I still got the errors. So I tried installing the runtime with Alpha's installer and the error's went away.

        So, I have a question for Alpha Software. Why did you change the way the runtime behaves? And more importantly, why did you not document this with the instructions that come with the runtime?

        Howard G. Cornett, Independent Consultant


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          Re: Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

          I use a third party install software to do installs. All I do is have the runtime files copied by it to a directory that I tell it to go and then I register those controls. That was on advice from Alpha. I have noted on occasions that when I install to the User area of the computer that this can get into conflict with admin rights. You might think you have full rights but sometimes don't. If I simply install to a directory or the program file directory I have no issues
          Mark Pearson
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            Re: Must I run Alpha's runtime install file?

            I use batch files to install, and the last thing in the batch file is to run another batch file that has the following lines (check the paths for your system)

            regsvr32.exe "c:\alpha\a5v10 runtime\a5controls.dll" /s
            regsvr32.exe "c:\alpha\a5v10 runtime\A5ContextEval.dll" /s
            regsvr32.exe "c:\alpha\a5v10 runtime\Codejock*.ocx" /s
            regsvr32.exe "c:\alpha\a5v10 runtime\SimpleChart4Lite.dll" /s
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