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Database error 7008 (PPv5)

Problem 1: Check that the Probate Plus database connection mode is as expected.

Solution 1: Probate Plus can operate in peer-to-peer or client-server database modes but not both at the same time. If some workstations are already using client-server mode and a new workstation is setup to try to use peer-to-peer mode then the new workstation connection will fail with error 7008 as the Probate Plus data files are already locked open by the client-server database service on the file server. Ensure that all Probate Plus workstations are set to connect using the same database connection mode under 'File...Options...Setup Database Connection'.

Also, if applicable, on the server that hosts the Probate Plus data folder, check the in-use files list to see what user or process has the data folder open on the server.


Problem 2: The specified table, memo file, or index file was unable to be opened.

Solution 2: Verify the following:

  • The file exists and the user has sufficient access rights to open the file. (The location and name of the file that received the 7008 error can be found in the ADS_ERR.ADT or ADS_ERR.DBF file.).
  • The file is not already open exclusively by another user. See if any files in the PP data folder are showing as in use on the server that hosts the PP data folder under "Computer Management..System Tools..Shared folders..Open files".
  • When opening a table, index, or memo file, verify a non-Advantage application does not already have the file open. If this scenario exists, a file open error will be logged in the Advantage Database Server error log, ADS_ERR.ADT or ADS_ERR.DBF. If an error sequence in consecutive records in the error log exists with error codes 16, 128, and 7008 (for the Advantage Database Server for NetWare), or 32 and 7008 (for the Advantage Database Server for Windows NT/2000/2003), this indicates that a non-Advantage application already has the file open, and the Advantage application is attempting to open the file using Advantage Proprietary Locking or in an Exclusive mode. Note that the other application that has the file open could also be backup software or a report writer.
  • If opening a DBF table in a writeable mode, and that DBF is to be shared with a non-Advantage database application, make sure to open the table using Advantage Compatible Locking mode.
  • When creating a table, index, or memo file, verify that it already exists and another application does not have it opened.
  • If re-indexing or packing a table using Advantage Data Architect, verify the index, table or memo file is not opened by another application.
  • If attempting to open a table via the Advantage Local Server, make sure it is not already opened by another connection via the Advantage Database Server.
  • If attempting to open a table previously referenced by an SQL query, verify that the handle to the query (the cursor handle) was explicitly closed by calling AdsCloseSQLStatement after the executing the query. If the cursor handle was not explicitly closed by calling AdsCloseSQLStatement, the underlying table(s) will remain open in a "cached open" state by the Advantage server to improve the performance of subsequent queries. However, this "cached open" state will cause subsequent attempts to open the underlying table(s) in an exclusive mode to fail with a 7008 error.


Problem 3: This error can occur when the connection to the Advantage Data Dictionary was made using a local-drive-letter path and tables within the dictionary are not on the same drive. Advantage stores the file path of the table relative to the data dictionary file in the data dictionary. If the file path of the table cannot be converted to a relative path, this error is returned.

Solution 3: Open the Advantage Data Dictionary using UNC or through a network drive (the network drive will be converted to UNC). This allows the tables and indexes to be located on a different drive then the one the data dictionary is on. Note that the files must be accessible using a UNC path (i.e., the must be on a share).


Problem 4: This error can occur when making a connection or opening a table from inside a server-side module (such as an extended procedure or a trigger) on a Windows server and using a drive letter. Services cannot resolve a drive letter to a local path, which can lead to a 7008 error.

Solution 4: Use UNC (\\SERVERNAME\SHARE) when making connections or opening tables from inside a server-side module. Also use UNC for any TDataSet aliases that are used from inside a server-side module.

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