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  • Open database command line parameters A4v8

    Due to a server failure I had to restore my Alpha4 files from a backup. The problem I am having is when Alpha4 starts it trys to open the last used database on a network drive which is no longer there. Alpha4 just hangs after launching saying "loading". My A4 files are now stored on my local C drive instead of a network drive. How can I tell Alpha4 to look for the .DBF file on my C drive by using the command line? My data is in C:\ALPHA4V8\DATA\ORDERS.DBF. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Open database command line parameters A4v8

    It's been awhile since I worked in Alpha Four - but don't you have to point to the adb file and not the dbf? A shortcut should to the trick...
    Robin

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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      Re: Open database command line parameters A4v8

      Thanks Robin. Perhaps I should point to the adb file. But either way, exactly what is the proper syntax to type in after A4?

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        Re: Open database command line parameters A4v8

        Originally posted by shifty1 View Post
        Thanks Robin. Perhaps I should point to the adb file. But either way, exactly what is the proper syntax to type in after A4?
        The .adb that Robin is referring to only exists in the windows version of Alpha - ie Alpha 5.

        It's been so long since I've worked with Alpha 4 (ie DOS)

        Are you opening A4 with a bat file? Can you open a4.exe or a4.bat or alpha4.exe or something like that?

        As I recall A4 remembers the last directory that it opened and that must be a file in the program directory that runs A4.

        Look there from windows and sort the files on the latest date. That might point you at the right file to change/delete...
        Al Buchholz
        Bookwood Systems, LTD
        Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

        Occam's Razor - KISS
        Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
        Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
        When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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          Re: Open database command line parameters A4v8

          Originally posted by Al Buchholz View Post
          The .adb that Robin is referring to only exists in the windows version of Alpha - ie Alpha 5.

          It's been so long since I've worked with Alpha 4 (ie DOS)

          Are you opening A4 with a bat file? Can you open a4.exe or a4.bat or alpha4.exe or something like that?

          As I recall A4 remembers the last directory that it opened and that must be a file in the program directory that runs A4.

          Look there from windows and sort the files on the latest date. That might point you at the right file to change/delete...
          Thanks Al, Alpha4 did try to open the database I wanted. Yes it was in the same directory. It turned out that the DBF file restored from my online backup was incomplete/corrupted. I restored from my backup again and all is working.

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            Re: Open database command line parameters A4v8

            Originally posted by shifty1 View Post
            Thanks Al, Alpha4 did try to open the database I wanted. Yes it was in the same directory. It turned out that the DBF file restored from my online backup was incomplete/corrupted. I restored from my backup again and all is working.
            Bill

            Thanks for following up.

            Those who follow this thread appreciate it.

            Glad to hear it's resolved for you.
            Al Buchholz
            Bookwood Systems, LTD
            Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

            Occam's Razor - KISS
            Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
            Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
            When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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