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    Opening a set

    After I import records into 3 tables that belong a set,
    I call a script to open that set and the script fails. If I click retry it works. In debug mode I see that it fails with the error indicating that the set can not be found. If I run the script in a stand alone mode it works.
    Any ideas?

    RE: Opening a set

    It sounds like A5 thinks one of the tables is still open. It may be a timing issue. How soon does the script run after the import finishes? If the script runs automatically as soon as the import finishes, try putting it to sleep for awhile with the Sleep() command. I'd start with at least 1 second then reduce it if that works. Maybe the form is trying to open before the import has time to finish.

    I don't know if this happens anywhere else, but in XBasic when you try to open a set a second time it will fail. This is because the first time it opens, the child table names are 'used up' so the second time it tries to assign a different alias to the child tables but A5 can't find any tables by the alias name so it says it can't find the set.

    Leads->Clients for the first time.
    Leads->Clients1 the second time but Clients1 doesn't exist.

    To check this out, create a test script and enter this (of course, you must substitute a valid set_name of your own - but be sure to include the ".set" extension.):

    tp = ""set_name.set>" )
    fp = ""set_name.set>" )

    Normally, you should close these tables before the end of the script but I already know the script will fail at line 2 so there isn't any need.


      RE: Opening a set

      I think Cal is on the right track. If your script tries to open a set when any of it's members are also open it will fail. Alpha Five expects the alias name for each table in the set to match each table's actual name. When a second instance of a particular table is opened, Alpha Five gives it's alias a different name (Tablename1 instead of Tablename, for example). In your case since one of the tables is still open when the script tries to open the set, it has to open a second instance of that table... the alias is assigned and incremented, and then the set fails because the alias is not the same as the actual table named used in the definition of the set. Check the command documentation in the Xbasic Reference Manual for additional info.

      -- tom


        RE: Opening a set

        Cal, thanks for your response. I assumed the same thing that you are thinking. I tried puttint it to sleep for 3 seconds and it still did not work. I can try a longer time. I think it just might be the fact that the import is not totally complete or the operating system still has hooks into the tables in an exclusive mode (the first step in this process is to zap the tables which will open the tables in exclusive mode) and I'm trying to open it too soon. In Visual Fox Pro 6.0 there is a command to close all tables, is there one in Alpha 5? Well, I think I'll try putting it to sleep for 15 seconds just to see if that does anything. The server that the application is on is Microsoft.Net RC1 Beta. Its very busy with other applications and terminal services. It just might be that the disk cache is not completly flushed and my workstation is requesting to open the set too soon.
        I'll let you know.


          RE: Opening a set

          Tom, thanks for your repsonse too. I tried closing the tables but since the append operation does not assign an alias name I can't close the tables. Also, when I get the error message I click retry, it works. I will try to slow the script down. How do you close tables that have no alias?


            RE: Opening a set

            Gregory, I don't think you should close tables until the import utility is completely finished with its work.

            If you put the script which does the import inside a UDF, Alpha Five will pause until the UDF finishes its work.

            Search this forum for UDF to see easy examples.

            -- tom