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  • File size

    I have noticed that the xxxset.sem file grows at an enormous rate as I fiddled with my report structure. I started out with a 700K sized file and ended up with a 2400K file a few hours later and all I did was fine tune the report I was working on. I was moving in and out of the report edit mode quite often as I was viewing the effects of my changes. This is a very simple database with 5 forms and 2 reports. Is this normal?


  • #2
    RE: File size

    run database compact, and you will see it reduce in size. The references made, even to forms, etc. no longer used are still there. db compact removes these references


    • #3
      RE: File size

      John I tried the pack routine and this did nothing. Is there another command hidden away somewhere that is related to the database compact that you mentioned as I am not aware of?

      The only way that I have been able to get the file size down is to copy the set to a new name and copy required reports and forms and this brings it back to the 800K level. As soon as I edit the report, it balloons out again. I wish my mutual funds acted this way.



      • #4
        RE: File size

        Larry, database compact is an option on the dropdown list beneath the file menu while control panel is displayed. It does more than just pack a dbf.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: File size

          Is the "database compact" and the "pack" command the same command found in the utilities menu. If so, it has no effect on the .sem file size.



          • #6
            RE: File size


            No 2 different operations! Go to file in upper left corn when in controlpanel!


            • #7
              RE: File size


              It's my understanding that 'database compact' does two things, and does them for all tables in the database:

              1) packs the tables
              2) updates the tables' dictionaries

              It's this second aspect of 'database compact' that makes it so very useful during development. Dictionary.update() is akin to a 'pack' but operates on the dictionary files instead of the DBF itself. 'Database compact' seems to do both a tbl.pack() and a dictionary.update() for each table in the database. While there is no discussion of 'database compact' in the docs, each of these separate commands are found in the Xbasic Reference Manual.

              -- tom


              • #8
                RE: File size

                I found it and it does the job. Thanks to all that helped me through this one.



                • #9
                  RE: File size

                  Thanks for the info.