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    Licence Exceeded on crashed session

    Hello Folks,

    Using Alpha 5 v4.5 Build 265.

    When my PC hung twice today while running that version, and then attempt to open an ADB file, the software reported this error:

    Alpha Five Licence Exceeded.

    This database is alredy in use by one or more other Alpha users on the network.

    Yet I am the only developer and have one copy for development. What could cause this to give the message? How do I fix it?



    RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session


    The first thing to try:

    Close Alpha Five, then open windows explorer and go to your database directory, and delete your *.muf file (don't worry, it won't hurt anything, A5 will create another one). Your .muf will be named the same as your database, I believe.

    Then restart Alpha Five. This should clear the problem.


      RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session

      Thanks Vince,

      That is another challenge now.

      So everytime A5 crashes. it leaves MUF file as file in sue, so therefore is not able to delete in the current Windows session. This is only possible when you restart Windows and then that MUF file can be deleted.

      This can be inconvenient. Is there a way to make that MUF file accessible for deletion in the current windows session rather than a reboot?



        RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session

        Not every time. Just sometimes. Most times if the machine that crashed is rebooted, and Alpha restarted, the muf file will be updated.
        There can be only one.


          RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session

          I had the same problem today and all I did was restart the system. (Which seems to be happening more and more)


            RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session


            this is happening more and more often on build 265. The build 263 is a little more forgiving.



              RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session

              If A5 crashes, do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and check to see if Alpha5.exe is running as a task. If so, close it and you should be able to delete the .MUF file.

              This almost always works in NT-based machines, but Win9x offers less control.

              -- Aaron
              Aaron Brown
              Alpha Software Development Team


                RE: Licence Exceeded on crashed session

                Not familiar with NT processes. On 95 and 98 machines you will sometimes find A5Halt running as well. If this is shut down, the .muf is sometimes cleared.
                There can be only one.