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    Code Disappeared

    One of my users called me today, saying that Alpha5 was not working right. After some investigation, I discovered that all of my scripts seem to have disappeared. I do have these scripts backed up on another machine, but would really like an easy way to reattach them to the database.

    On another front, it seems that one of my reports has disappeared as well, but when I try to paste a copy of it to the database using the original name, it tells me that I must assign it a unique name.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Gregg Schmidt
    Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code

    RE: Code Disappeared


    The global scripts and functions found on the Code Page of the Alpha Control Panel are physically stored in the dictionaries for the database itself. (the ALB, ALM, and ALX files) If these are manually deleted from the database folder, Alpha Five will create them when the ADB is opened. Unfortunately, they are created empty. So all the scripts and functions seem to be missing. This can happen in other ways. Sometimes a user will try to move the database to another folder or machine, and omit the dictionaries from the file copy routine. The database will still open. But only because Alpha Five will create the necessary (empty) dictionary files when they are missing. Unless the difficulty can be explained by a hardware failure, what you're seeing suggests strongly that someone at the user's location has been fiddling with the database.

    As for a solution, I would advise making a complete backup of the user's entire database as it stands. Then, when no one at the user's location has any part of the application open, I'd copy to the user's database folder good copies of the database dictionaries, and a good copy of the dictionaries for the set or table upon which the missing report was based.

    Note: it's important to understand that in Alpha Five "database" and "table" have specific meanings and are not synonyms. Reports can never be based on a "Database", so I'm assuming you're talking about a "Table" or possibly a "Set" of tables when you describe your effort to copy and paste the report layout into the user's app.

    -- tom


      RE: Code Disappeared

      Thanks for the help Tom. You are correct, the report that I was referring is/was attached to a table.
      Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code