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  • How to Attach Database Files to a Message

    How to Send Alpha Five Files to Demonstrate a

    Often it is easier to demonstrate a problem you are
    having with Alpha Five with real data that it is to describe it in words.

    Note: This document applies to Alpha Five Version 2,
    3 and 4. The Alpha Software message board allows
    you to attach a file, up to 1 MB in size, to your message.
    Since an Alpha Five
    application typically involves a lot of different files, knowing which files to
    attach to your message can be quite tricky. Also, since you can only attach a
    single file to the message, you must Zip up your files into a single zip file
    that is less than 1 MB.
    Note: If you don't have
    WinZip, you can download a copy from
    This document describes how to attach a file to your
    1. Make a new temporary folder
    on your computer.
    2. Copy the database files to
    the temporary folder. The database files have the extensions: .adb .alm .alx
    .alb. For example, if your database is called "Invoices", copy the
    files "invoices.adb", "invoices.alm",
    "invoices.alx" and "invoices.alb" to the temporary folder.

    3. Copy the minimum set of
    files necessary to duplicate the problem to the temporary folder. For example,
    if your problem involves just a single table, called "Customer" for
    example, then copy:

    "customer.ddm" and

    to the temporary folder.

    Note: If the table does not have memo fields the
    .fpt file will not exist.
    If the table has no indexes, the .cdx file will not exist.

    4. If your problem involves a set, copy all of the tables in the set (.dbf,
    .fpt, .cdx, .ddd, .ddm and .ddx extensions) and the set itself (.set , .sem and
    .sex extension) to the temporary folder.

    For example, say you have a set called "Orders" which has two tables,
    "Header" and "Items", you would need to copy the following
    files to the temporary folder:


    5. Start Alpha Five and open the database in the temporary

    6. If possible, delete unnecessary records in any tables to make them smaller.

    For example, if you have a table with 100,000 records, and you can demonstrate
    the problem with just 10 records in that table, delete the unnecessary records,
    and then Pack the table.


    8. Exit Alpha Five and use WinZip to zip up all of the file in the temporary

    9. Create a new message on the message board. Describe in detail how to
    duplicate the problem. For example:

    Open "FormA"
    Enter a new record.
    Give focus to the "Lastname" field. Etc.

    10. Attach the zip file to the message.

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    RE: How to Attach Database Files to a Message

    Hi Selwyn !!!

    Congrat's on a GREAT Board !

    Your "tip": How to Attach Database Files to a Message

    is a "Keeper" !

    Is there anyway it can become a "Permanent" post ?
    (Separate area or "always on top")