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Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

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  • Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

    I am having some trouble getting a shadow copy to run correctly on my desktop. The other workstation with the runtime is working ok. I am thinking I can just copy her shadowed files to my computer... Would that work using the same directory structure?

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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    Re: Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

    I decided to try it anyway - and it works! I deleted everything that was in that directory then copied the shadowed tables from the workstation.

    Before when I ran the Network optimization from the server's control panel I added the extra files and pointed it to create the shadow in the same directory on my C: drive. However when the routine opened the shadow - they were the wrong files.

    Updating the newly copied files to the new version worked correctly. Go figure.

    Thanks to Dave M. for the advice in my old thread

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


    • #3
      Re: Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

      I do this all the time. As long as the structures are the same and the path to the server data are the same, you can copy/zip/use installer to duplicate to as many work stations as you need.

      My installs for clients include the server data files and a separate runtime and shadow copies with either a "bootstrap" or already set up if I know the name of the server and the data path. I simply create the shadow copy on my computer and then include it in the installer.

      Some of my clients have caught on to this now(with my help). New computer? They just copy a runtime over to the new computer. It is almost always up to date so not even a re-shadow.
      Dave Mason
      [email protected]
      Skype is dave.mason46


      • #4
        Re: Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

        For some reason on a new shadow creation thru A5, it wants to put it in a directory named 'shadow' even if you tell it otherwise. I've had it happen before in past versions so I ought to know better. The update however works on the current path without a glitch. In the future I hope I remember this!

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


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          Re: Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

          Yes, it is a pain to have to change it everytime.

          I believe you can just copy the whole thing to any folder and it should work.
          Dave Mason
          [email protected]
          Skype is dave.mason46


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            Re: Are Shadow files the same for Runtime & Developer License?

            Originally posted by MoGrace View Post
            For some reason on a new shadow creation thru A5,
            I have moved away from using shadow databases but when I did, I never used Alpha's built in shadow creator for the very reasons mentioned above.

            It is much simpler to just create a blank adb file and give it the exact same name as the one for your app.

            Then just create the autoexe script in the blank adb file with code simpular to this.

            dim master_db_name as C
            dim shadow_db_name as C
            dim startup as c
            a5.window_title = "T_six"
            a5.window_icon = "T-Six.ico"
            'Hide the Control Panel.
            master_db_name = ""
            shadow_db_name = a5.Get_Name()
            ui_modeless_dlg_box("Install T-Six",<<%dlg%
            Specify the filename of the master copy of the application:;
            [%P=ui_get_file("Select file","(*.adb)",master_db_name)%.100master_db_name];
            <Click Here to Start Install!oK?.not.(master_db_name="")> <Cancel!cancel>;
            if a_dlg_button = "cancel" then
                ui_modeless_dlg_close("Install T-Six")
                a_dlg_button = ""
            end if
            if a_dlg_button = "oK" then
                if file.exists(master_db_name) = .f. then
                    ui_msg_box("Error", "Master Database not found.")
                    a5_nopt_CopyAddFiles(shadow_db_name, master_db_name)
                    create_shadow2(shadow_db_name, .t., .t.)
                    ui_modeless_dlg_close("Install T-Six")
                end if
            end if
            When you start up with the blank adb file, it will then ask where the master is and will then build the shadow database. No mus, no fuss.