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  • Database Numbers in directory

    I notice in my windows directory that the numbers in the file build new enteries...
    Database(1)for customer.adb
    on up to (16)etc. and for all the related files .alm. etc.etc.
    At what point can these be deleated and why does alpha do this. It just seems to clutter up the works.


  • #2
    RE: Database Numbers in directory

    I can't imagine why any files are 'building up' in your Windows directory.

    In other contexts Alpha Five renames objects using serially numbered suffixes to distinguish later iterations from earlier ones... This happens if one creates an object with the same name as an existing object, and then saves it. Does this sound familiar?

    Perhaps you've been selecting the Windows directory as the destination for a series of newly created databases, each of which you've chose to name identically???

    In situations where I've wanted to create a new database in a completely new folder, using the file and folder dialog box to browse to and create the new folder. Once in a great while I'll forget to actually open the new folder and save the new database there. Instead, having created the new folder, I type in the new database name and save it. Since the new folder was created but not opened, the new database is saved to a different and sometimes unexpected folder.

    So, long story short, when I create a new folder for a new database I *always* open that new folder before saving the new database name.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: Database Numbers in directory

      Makes sense ... but I have been using the directory which opens when I open alpha ... if I have been opening a file called customer , then I expect to have it come to the last one I opened... then when I close out alpha ... it seems to add yet another file. Am I missing something in the options? I would think I should be able to open a file, then close it and continue with the same file the next time I open it.



      • #4
        RE: Database Numbers in directory

        You might want to check the Shared Path and Private Path settings on your workstation. Start Alpha Five, go to the Control Panel. Click the View menu item. Select Settings. Select the Directories Tab. I believe that both the Shared Path and the Private Path settings should generally point to the folder on your workstation where the Alpha Five program files (the Exe files) have been installed. -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Database Numbers in directory

          Right ... that's O.K. it's each time the next file is created with the sequential number. I would think that it is not necessary to keep the preceeding file... just save over it. Or am I missing something.


          • #6
            RE: Database Numbers in directory

            Perhaps. The recommended approach is to save each 'database' to a separate folder. That one folder is used to contain all the tables, sets and indexes for the database. In my work I give each 'database' a unique name. I do not use the same 'database' name time after time.

            Just now I tried to create a new database and save it to a folder using the same name as an existing database within that folder. Alpha Five asked me if I wanted to replace the existing database with the new one, and when I said 'no', it cancelled the save. Are you seeing a similar message? Are you replying 'yes' to ok the replacement?

            -- tom


            • #7
              RE: Database Numbers in directory


              You're just coming up from A4 and file management is a whole different bag with A5. Remember that the *.adb contains the information that Alpha needs to run the whole set of tables in the app. There's only one ADB per application. I had trouble managing this until I changed control panel to "Details" on file display.

              That's click the TAB for "Tables" when that card is forward make sure nothing in the list is highlighted and click the 'Menu' button. If one of the icons in tables is highlighted, click the 'Form' tab and then right back to 'Tables'tab and the highlight will go away. Now when you click the 'Menu' button select 'details'. The display will show the complete path on each of your tables. You see, if one of the table Icons is highlighted the 'Menu' button presents a different set of options.

              It took me a while to understand A5 file management and showing the complete path of all of the tables I was working on, kept me in line with A5. Don't know about your setup, but it seems when I create a new *.adb the default 'save in' window is always 'My Documents' and I always have to navigate to the folder I created for it.

              Just some thoughts that might help.


              ALL: Is there a way to set the 'save in' folder - that is over-ride this 'My Documents' default that Alpha prefers.?

              As always, thanks in advance for any suggestions.


              • #8
                RE: Database Numbers in directory

                Could you be opening tables instead of databases? When you open a table, Alpha 5 creates a database to hold the table. I think these are sequentially numbered as you describe. So, each time you open a table, A5 creates a new database and numbers it 1 higher than the previous.


                • #9
                  RE: Database Numbers in directory

                  Ahh!! That's it! Thank you!


                  • #10
                    RE: Database Numbers in directory

                    Thanks Ken... shall work on that one.

                    I loaded my Alpha program into my D directory (of my hard drive split) ... this is where I keep my working programs. Now it saves into the working file there because "My Programs" isn[t there.


                    • #11
                      RE: Database Numbers in directory

                      Wow! Didn't know about that! Ohlen, great snag! I was afraid Madeline's 'hot grounder' was going to get past the infield!

                      -- tom


                      • #12
                        RE: Database Numbers in directory

                        You clever devil!
                        Bill Hanigsberg