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    Problem of recent db not showing

    Anyone have the probelm of a db not showing up in the Select dialog (recent databases) ? If the db is opened then closed it does not show. On the edit list is simply - c:
    The only way to acces it (other than code) is to select 'more databases' then go through the gyrations.

    Thanks in Advance

    Re: Problem of recent db not showing


    I've noticed what you describe because the db gets dropped from the list after I change the folder name where the db is stored, or if I move the db to a different drive or folder. However, that's to be expected.


      Re: Problem of recent db not showing

      Even stranger yet, if I open the db on another machine (laptop) it won't even show the - c: - Just nothing. The db appears o.k.. Compacts and all. Another stinking quirk. I'll probably have to delete the db and reconstruct it. There is only one table in it (and one form) so far. So who knows.


        Re: Problem of recent db not showing

        I am also having a problem with one database not showing up in the recent database list. Also, the folder that it is in does not show up in the recent folder list nor does it show up as having been opened when you click on File. My database was created in an earlier version of A5. Can't remember which one.

        This occurs on at least two different PCs that I use this database on.

        It opens fine when you navigate down to the file location and click on the file.

        It also opens fine from a shortcut.

        This is the only database that I have this problem. ALL others respond as expected. Some were converted from A4, other created in earlier versions of A5 and others created new.


          Re: Problem of recent db not showing

          Using Vista Home Premium and latest patch, do not see any problems (never had this problem on earlier patches, either). If I open Alpha Five main database and click on Recent Databases, I have 11 listed. If I go to File, 8 are listed. May be something else...
          "Ollie, remember how dumb I used to be? Well, I'm much better now."



            Re: Problem of recent db not showing

            Pete, there's a "setting" for your database that you can use to limit the number of databases displayed by your system.

            Choose View from CP
            Choose Settings
            Choose Preferences
            Choose Recent File List


              Re: Problem of recent db not showing

              Hi Tom:
              I am not complaining, just verifying that my "Recent database" selection process does work. I have it set to that number.
              "Ollie, remember how dumb I used to be? Well, I'm much better now."



                Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                My problem is not that the recent database list is not working but that it does NOT work for one Database that I use. I am running XP Pro SP3 and have the latest update for A5V9 (12/24/2008). I went in and opened the database that is not showing up (Income). Closed it and it was not in the recent list nor under File. I then opened an A5 database that I have not used for a while and closed it. It was now listed in the recent database list and under File. I opened the Income database again, closed it and it was not in either list. Under settings, both are set at 8 and both have 6 showing.


                  Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                  Victor, thanks for clarifying things (even when they were probably already clear to most readers). I now wonder whether there's something unusual in the names of the folders that that lie along the path to the misbehaving database? Any unsual punctuation, for example?

                  As others have mentioned above, if the path to the database can't be found (or understood) the previously used database is omitted from the "recent list".


                    Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                    The full name of the db is C:\CFSNEW\Church Income.adb. It acts the same when I open the file from my backup CD.

                    Another strange feature. When I click on the Church Income db file name, it opens and works just fine. When I close it and leave A5 open, then click on any of of the icons (create a new db, open a db, recent Databases, help, restore, application server or Exit)) none of them respond. The upper line (File, View, Tools & Help) are active and respond. Under File there is a list of recent dbs except Church Income. If I click on any other db, and close it, everything works as you would expect and there is a list of recent dbs.

                    Tom, thanks for all your time and effort. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas (or Holiday) and a Happy new Year.


                      Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                      Victor, the terminology is tricky and easily misconstrued. Pardon me if I misinterpret your post. Two further ideas occur to me.

                      1) You should not be opening the database by clicking on the ADB file while using Windows Explorer. Either start it from a shortcut that Alpha created, or start Alpha Five, then use File / Open Database. While clicking on the ADB file name worked fine in vers 4, in more recent versions it's no longer the correct method to employ.

                      2) It's remotely possible the blank space in the name of your database is causing the database to not appear in your list of recently used databases. Throughout Alpha Five it's a mistake to use blank spaces in object, field, table, or set names. Use an underscore instead. "Church_Income" NOT "Church Income".

                      -- tom


                        Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                        Tom, normally I use Icons or the recent database list. But since Church Income does not show up there, I sometimes resort to other tricks. Does this also apply to using My Recent Documents in the the Start Button? That's my favorite. And Church Income.adb shows up there and works fine.

                        As far as the spaces in the db name, I have more dbs with spaces than not. And this is the only one that has this "feature".

                        I know that when you leave spaces in field names, calculated fields, etc, A5 puts in the underbar. But not for names of tables, sets, reports and all the rest of items on the control pannel. I would have thought that they would do the same if it was essential just for consistancy.

                        The one issue with this that crys "BUG" is the fact that A5 actually changes the way it responds when you open Church Income as the first db and then close the control panel leaving A5 running.

                        The window displayed has the banner bar on top with Alpha Five displayed.
                        Next line has File, View, Tools & Help (what is this line called?) which al work
                        Next line is a Tool Bar (correct ?) with several Icons none of which work including the X Exit button.

                        From every other db that I have, these icons all work after closing the control panel.

                        In January I will be backing up everything and deleting all records prior to starting recording income for 2009. At that time I will try to rename the db using underscore instead of the blank and see if that eliminates my issue.

                        Tom, once again thanks for all your time and effort.


                          Re: Problem of recent db not showing

                          Victor, I suggest you open the database only from within Alpha Five using the File / Open Database menu option. Alternatively, use the Tools menu to create a shortcut to the database, and then open the database from the shortcut. I've never heard of anyone else opening their database from the Windows Start button, using the Recent Documents sub-menu. Perhaps it's fine. Couldn't say. I don't use it. I'm stuck in a rut I guess. -- tom