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Test for file open by another app ?

Test for file open by another app ?

Test for file open by another app ?

Is there an easy way to test to see if a file is currently open by another application ? I am working on a VB project that requires the file to not be open before I access it. (I am using DSOFile (from Microsoft) to access document properties)

RE: Test for file open by another app ?

This is not a Professional solution !.
You know that if a file is already opened, it could not be deleted. So you can copy the file to a temporary one and try deleting the original file , if the delete operation failed, this mean that the file is used by another app. , if delete success rename the Temp. file to real name and countinue working on it .

RE: Test for file open by another app ?

I want to thank you for the tip. Nobody else was willing to try this one, but you were ! Although I think it's a little risky to be deleting Soldworks files while someone has them open, you were the only one that responded. Thanks again.
Don Michaels

RE: Test for file open by another app ?

You could try this:

on error resume next
Open "MYFILE.TXT" For Output Lock Read Write As #iHandle
if err.number <> 0 then
    CLOSE #iHandle
    KILL file.txt"
on error goto 0

What the above snippet does is to try an lock a file. This will fail if the fail is already locked by another application. You need to keep in mind that some applications don't lock the files, so there is no indication that the file is in use.

Troy Williams

RE: Test for file open by another app ?

If you are opening the file:
Open the file and check to see if it's Read-Only.

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RE: Test for file open by another app ?

Just go ahead and kill the file and trap the error if it happens:

--Start of snippit

Public Sub RemoveFile (strFileName as String)
On error goto fileError
   Kill strFileName
   goto hurrah

   if err.number = 75 then
       'file/path error - probably in use

       'something else went kaka-kookoo, mebbe we'll throw
       ' it back up the call stack and make it someone
       ' elses problem
       err.Raise err.Number, err.Source, _
         err.Description, err.HelpFile, err.HelpContext
   end if


end sub
---END of snippit

No true coder likes goto statements, but Uncle Bill makes us use 'em anyways.  If the file isn't locked, then the app doesn't really have it 'open'.  It just read it, and will probably re-write it completely on a save.

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