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    Sharing Violation

    I am running Alpha 5 V4.03 (Build 230) on a Novell network. One of the .dbf files in my application isn't responding because "it is being used by another process". Is there a way to find out what process is using this file? I cannot delete, move, rename, or otherwise over right this file. I have a backup copy but will need to rename it and relink to the new dbf name. Anybody have any help?
    Dave Jones

    RE: Sharing Violation

    David, I see that no one has responded to your question. Hope your situation settled down. I don't have Novell experience, but it sounds as though one of your workstations may have locked the file for some process internal to your database. Hopefully the problem will clear when the troubled workstation reboots.

    -- tom


      RE: Sharing Violation

      I've been running applications on a Novell network and once in a while a machine which has crashed or frozen and not rebooted (or perhaps even if it has been) has kept the file open, or perhaps more correctly, has not released its hold on the file. In my case with a bunch of machines spread over a large building it is sometimes tough to know exactly what has happened.

      In one case, another program on a client machine froze while an alpha application was active and in the subsequent meltdown my files were not released.

      Novell has tools to kick users off the network but not off a specific application. This summer I am going to produce an application-specific shutdown routine.

      All of the above assumes that nothing simple is going on, like somebody left their machine on all night with your application active. This happened to me which is why I am also going to install Peter Wayne's code for automatic shutdown of an application after a period of inactivity.

      Bill Hanigsberg


        RE: Sharing Violation

        Thanks for the information. I wasn't aware that a PC that has locked a file would cause the problem. I haven't tried rebooting the ones that use my application. I did find the locked *.dfb file and I could not delete, rename or, move the file presumably for the same reasons the app. gave the errors. I re-created the *.dbf and added it to the table list while removing the locked one. It is only a holding file for some data uploads we do. The hard part is relinking the lookup and fields that fill in. Fortunately I had made a copy of the complete application and was able to view the links. Since it has been a number of days now, perhaps that PC has been shut down. I will try deleting the file once again.


          RE: Sharing Violation

          I only have a single user license, and once and awhile, A5 crashes, and I have locked files when I reload A5. All I have found that works is to reboot, and the file's released.