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    Default Alpha5.alx file

    I have made a field rules change in my database. Just after the save I have noticed a Alpha5.ALX file on my desktop. Can this be deleted? Is it similar to a .TMP file?

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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    Best not to. It is a reference file which will need to be rebuilt if not present.
    Search File Types in the Alpha Anywhere documentation.
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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    The .alx file should be in the same directory as your other main database files. A file called alpha5.alx on the desktop would suggest that something strange has happened.

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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    We recently upgraded from Alpha 11 to Alpha 12. We have not done anything to our Alpha 11 database. We installed the new Alpha 12 and pointed the shadow database to the server location. Today I adjusted 2 field rules and that is when this file showed up. I made the assumption that the procedure was the same.

    How can I get this file placed on the server? I am assuming just moving the file will not fix the problem.

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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    I did look on the server and there is an Office.alx file and there is an Office.alb file there as well. Would the alpha5.alx be created if the database rules I was making changes to had a user in that database? I did get a warning message that someone was in that database, but proceeded with the change and hit save. I then marked the database for an update so when the users restart the program they would get that update.

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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    Wherever your app is installed must have the .ADB, .Alb, Alm and.Alx files installed together along with the tables and sets files. It's not a good idea to try to save a file that you have been warned is open. File corruption is a possible result. You should make sure that all the files are present and correct by doing a visual examination of the folder contents, then getting all users out and running a database compact, and heed any ensuing warnings.
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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    It appears the ALPHA5.ALX files was created when someone else was in the database. I kicked everyone out of the program packed the databases. Moved the ALX file to a different location. Did a test run on the database by opening it. The changes to the rules remained. Deleted the ALPHA5.ALX file and repeated the process. Everything is as it should be.

    Thank you all for your help.

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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    The field rule changes are stored in the data dictionary files of the table for which the rules were created. That's always in the tablename.ddd, .ddm and .ddx files. If there's a memo field in the table, there will be a tablename.fpt file and the table's indexes are stored in the tablename.cdx file. The .**X files are the index files for the data dictionary.
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    Default Re: Alpha5.alx file

    I have seen these pop up in the past. I have waited 2-3 days and deleted with no adverse affects. Not to say it could cause a proble, but it should be in the Recycle Bin so could be brought back.
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