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    Can not change, update delete a file

    I somehow have gotten a DBF file screwed up!! The error message says "Can not access file It is being used by another process" OR "Cant get exclusive control of the file to make a change or to delete the file" I can not change it, can not even delete it, can not add a field to the file. I have restarted the whole A5 system. I even wrote a script to try to open and close it but it will not let me use the FILE_RW_EXCLUSIVE parameter; Comes up as an error. i cant even delete the file and make a new one. Can not back up the file with A5 BACKUP RESTORE program. HELP!!

    Re: Can not change, update delete a file

    It's likely Windows has the file locked open. Can you reboot your machine?


      Re: Can not change, update delete a file

      I have rebooted several times.


        Re: Can not change, update delete a file

        Has the file been encrypted?
        Can you compact the table?
        Is it part of a set?
        Have you tried to open the offending file in something like excel?

        If there is no sensative data - zip the db and post here so we can look into it
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          Re: Can not change, update delete a file

          Has the file been encrypted? NEVER BEEN ENCRYPTED
          Can you compact the table? A5 WILL NOT ALLOW compaction
          Is it part of a set? YES IT IS PART OF A SET
          Have you tried to open the offending file in something like excel? I tried making a script
          ERROR says it can not open in exclusive mode

          Have not tried using Excel. i dont use excel myself.



            Re: Can not change, update delete a file

            I take it the other tables to the set open fine on their own?

            Do you have working backup that has no issues with the table.

            Also do you have weird named files in the directory. Only check when Alpha is not open. Files with $$ or ## etc

            I use excel 2003 sometimes to open a dbf file and mass changes as it is easier and quicker. Then re save. I might want to sequentially number a column. Can do it in excel in minutes. I am sure there are gurus out there that will say there is just as simple a way in Alpha. I haven't found it without having to right a script.

            If your table is corrupt it will not open in excel either so a test would be good. If it is not then the problem will be elsewhere in the DB
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              Re: Can not change, update delete a file

              Does the troublesome table have a memo field? If so, Alpha stores memo field text in a file that has the table name, but an "FPT" filename extension. Use Windows File Explorer to check the size of the FPT file for your table. Has it ballooned?


                Re: Can not change, update delete a file

                you can also get errors like this because it is shown as open by the registry - which as far as I know can only be corrected by running a registry cleaner

                has been an issue since V5
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                  Re: Can not change, update delete a file

                  i had to go into Windows Explorer and delete the file and then re-enter the file under A5. Thanks those who tried to help. Still seems to me that there should be a way out of this in A5!! It would also be good to know HOW it happened. Obviously the file was not CLOSED properly but why is it the only file? Will never know.