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What's Up with Throttle Runtime User Count in Current Version?

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    What's Up with Throttle Runtime User Count in Current Version?

    I have been trying to set-up the Throttle User Count process, since the application I have built and am now trying to market seems to have more traction with small-medium companies rather than the single-users that I envisioned. When I follow what little instruction I can find, I cannot seem to get the process to work as I expect.

    First, running the menu item under Tools -> Utilities, I get the Startup.Control file. I understand that this file needs to then be added to the A5 Runtime program folder. OK, but first I tried adding the small code piece shown (which seems to check for the existence of a .Control file) to my Autoexec , and it shows a result of .T. when the a5_check_throttle_file() function runs. This is even without a copy of Startup.Control being placed either in the programs folder, or in the folder with the application itself. I discovered that there is a file Startup.AEX in the programs folder, which seems like may be the encoded copy of the Startup.Control file. However, if I rename or move that file, A5 will not load. Same for both the developer and runtime copies. This is BEFORE the autoexec file even gets a chance to run; A5 doesn't even start.

    Maybe I am not understanding how this all should work. I have seen the suggestions about user counts that were used for previous versions, but it sounds like the built-in function would be easier, and probably more secure, if I can only understand how to make it work correctly. If so, it does sound, also, like my install program for the application needs to place a copy of Startup.Control that has been properly configured for the particular user environment into the programs folder with the A5 runtime files, correct?

    Thanks for any advice you can give!

    Mack Peirson
    RoadMAP CRM

    Re: What's Up with Throttle Runtime User Count in Current Version?

    Startup.AEX is not an encoded Startup.Control file. All .control files seem to internally encrypted. It appears that the suggested autoexec addition is finding Startup.AEX and mistaking it for Startup.Control.

    You could modify the autoexec addition to specifically check for Startup.Control with file.exists().
    if (.not. file.exists(a5.get_exe_path()+chr(92)+"startup.control"))
    end if
    There can be only one.


      Re: What's Up with Throttle Runtime User Count in Current Version?


      Thanks. Now if I can only figure out a way to check that the Startup.Control file does what it should without having to deploy my application on a network server with workstations just to be able to test it!

      Mack Peirson


        Re: What's Up with Throttle Runtime User Count in Current Version?

        See how many times you can open the app.
        Apologies, that was facetious.
        As you are running using RT (Run Time) you should be able to test it locally. Suggest you don't mix up the Dev and RT launches.
        See our Hybrid Option here;

        Apologies to anyone I haven't managed to upset yet.
        You are held in a queue and I will get to you soon.