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  • Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded


    I am experiencing this error when trying to open sets or tables. I did find one thread which suggested that a tbl.close() command was required, but I'm not sure if that applies to my situation. Exiting and re entering Alpha eliminates the issue, but I would like to understand why its happening before I put together install packages for end users.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated



  • #2
    Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

    If you just open and close forms then table.close() is not required.
    It seems to me you are probably running an xbasic script and not closing a table.
    If so, post the script and we can suggest a solution.


    • #3
      Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

      Hi Garry

      Thanks for the quick reply. I am using scripts, in most instances one script opens the form, another closes the form via the on push event behind a button. The majority of my scripting is action scripting rather than creating it via x basic.

      I cant see how my basic approach isnt closing the table, or am I incorrect in assuming that when I close a form, the table attached to that form is also closed?



      • #4
        Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

        Below is a script to show you which tables are open.
        Open then close a form then run the script to see if the table underlying the form is open. If so, there is a problem with the way you are closing the form.

        dim shared sOpenFiles as C
        sOpenFiles = sortsubstr(sOpenFiles, crlf())
        code = <<%dlg%
        Open tables:| [%wr%.60,20sOpenfiles];
        ui_dlg_box("Open tables",code)
        FUNCTION compile_filename_in_use as L (sFilename as C)
        	on error goto Continue
        	t =,FILE_RW_EXCLUSIVE)
        	sOpenFiles =  sOpenFiles + sFileName + crlf()   
        	on error goto 0
        Last edited by Garry Flanigan; 08-10-2009, 03:48 AM.


        • #5
          Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

          thanks Garry. Your code ran perfectly, but it shows no tables as being open even if I manually open tables or datasets and leave them open while running the script.

          Thanks for taking time out to send the code, perhaps I havent configured something correctly hence the null result from your script.



          • #6
            Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded


            The script is now showing results, I have been working with a browse in design mode for a while, ran the script and it shows all of my tables as being open. Is that normal for active linked tables?



            • #7
              Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

              The script goes through all tables and compiles a list of files it cannot open exclusively. This script is intended only for native Alpha data tables.
              When a set is open, it is not possible to separately get an exclusive lock on any table in the set.
              You mention active link tables whereas I assumed you are using dbf tables.
              I need a much better description of what you are doing in order to assist.


              • #8
                Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

                Sorry about that, I thought I mentioned SQL in a previous message

                In short, I have an alpha front end and a SQL dbase backend. The tables showing via the alpha front end are actively linked tables. From time to time, I try to open a form or table from within Alpha and I receive the maximum session open tables exceeded message. I'm trying to understand what triggers this error, perhaps there is a limit to the number of actively linked tables that can bought through into Alpha? My database only has approximately 25 tables with some additional views, so I dont imagine that being a problem



                • #9
                  Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

                  I'm designing an Active Link database using only FOUR tables and upon editing a couple of different sets defined against these four tables I am getting the "Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded" error as well. This appears to be an issue with Active Tables and the designer.
                  Brad Weaver, President
                  ComputerAid International
                  Ottawa ON Canada
                  Versailles KY USA


                  • #10
                    Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

                    Just for clarification (or confusion!?)---
                    If you just open and close forms then table.close() is not required.
                    This is true, but a table can be left open as a form opened as modal needs to be closed out of memory (from the initial calling script) and if not will leave a table open even though the form has been closed from display.

                    Ex:Open Form_2 as modal from the OnPush event of a button on Form_1. Now when on Form_2 have a button that closes Form_2. Form_2 is still open in memory. The calling script that in on Form_1's button was paused immediately after calling and showing Form_2---it now continues. The last piece of script on this event has to close Form_2 (which closes it from memory). Normally Action Script will do this for the user automatically.
                    Last edited by MikeC; 10-02-2009, 05:23 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

                      I am also seeing this problem. I am also using alpha front end to SQL backend. However, I am not using modal forms and I am using action scripting only, no xbasic.

                      I am curious if people having the problems are using V9 or V10.


                      • #12
                        Re: Maximum Session Open Tables exceeded

                        I had the problem when I was building a desktop version. Ever since I moved to a web based system, I havent had the error. I work with V9