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A5 Flakey???

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  • A5 Flakey???

    For the second time this week A5 has flaked out on me. Being a new user, this has, by no means, instilled confidence, in the product. Is anyone else seeing this stuff? I'm working under Vista Ultimate

    Earlier this week I was trying to get a UI_Bitmap_Draw working... at one point A5 stopped responding. I had to user End Task to shut it down. When I opened Alpha5 the form I was working was corrupt.

    Yesterday, I was working on routines to detach the tables and attach them again. I left the app and form open overnight. This morning, the form looked as I left it - 3 buttons... I saved and closed it. When I re-opened it... the 2 buttons with the attach and detach routines were gone. What the....!!!


  • #2
    Re: A5 Flakey???

    I'm using A5 Platimun Edition - Version 9 - Build 1581-3193


    • #3
      Re: A5 Not Flakey

      I think... but I need to understand it's behaviour better. In detaching and attachd tables, it seems that this has had an effect on the forms and whether they show up... or not.

      I created a new form... detached my tables and attached the same set of tables from another folder. My new form is not longer in the list of forms.

      Going to see why now.... this doesn't really make sense.



      • #4
        Re: A5 Flakey???

        So... I don't understand how A5 works.

        I thought the Forms belonged to the App. Why does dropping tables, and then adding tables from another location cause forms to "stick" to the new data location. Anyone know what A5 is doing?




        • #5
          Re: A5 Flakey???

          A5 is behaving correctly. The form is associated with the table (or set). If you drop the table or set, the form will go with it. Loading a copy of the table or set from another location won't bring the form with it.

          If you have this:

          You'll also have the associated data dictionary that contains the form:

          If you drop this:

          And then add back this:

          then you're going to get the data dictionary that's in

          make sense?


          • #6
            Re: A5 Flakey???

            Going to see why now.... this doesn't really make sense.
            Makes perfect sense. Detaching a table detaches its support files as well. The form was created for the detached table. It does not exist for any other table.

            It might be possible to have separate .dbf (and .cdx and .fpt) files with the same name that you could drop into the application folder. If each table (.dbf) as the same structure then one form would work for any.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: A5 Flakey???

              David, mastering the Alpha Five file types is key. Check the help file discussion:

              Check the help file topic "Alpha Five File Types".

              Understanding where layouts, scripts, functions, and security settings are stored is necessary if you're going to be using scripts that dynamically alter your application by attaching and detaching tables or sets.


              • #8
                Re: A5 Flakey???

                Thanks Guys... I better brush on on file types and understand where everything is held.

                I believe my need to attach and detach tables will still work... just need to ensure that the folder copies of files are current copies of the right types of files.... I think.