Packing Interbase without gback?

Is there any way to pack an Interbase database without using the GBACK.EXE utility?  We have a spec is dictating a pack, and doing it through GBACK has been rejected.   If anybody knows anything, I would greatly appreciate any help.. even if it is crazy convoluted code, I can figure it out.

-greendot
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JaccoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First of all the answer is no.

No other utility can do a good pack other then GBAK.EXE.
GBAK.EXE comes with IntrBase and is different for every version. It always supports the newest "on disk structure".

I have the same problems you have an have solved it partially.

I wanted to show the user the progress of the backup/restore action. But not in a DOS box. I looked how InterBase has done it in there Server Manager. They don't use a normal DOS box they have a special window which calls a CreateProcess with the StdIn and StOut diverted to there Memo control. I haven't figured out yet how to do that but it must be possible. That way the user isn't bothered with the DOS box. The login parameters can be specified in the command line of GBAK.EXE.

Another possiblilty is to extract all the meta-information of the database to a file. Create a new database from this file. And BatchMove (or manually move) the data from the old database to the new one. This is not the same at backup/restoring though because the indexes will not be balanced then. This means that the database restored (packed) in this was will be slower on the indexes.

Hope I have helped you a bit.

Regards Jacco
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greendot2Author Commented:
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greendot2Author Commented:
Ugh, I was afraid of this..


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JaccoCommented:
Me too... Maybe we can ask IntrBase Corp for a solution...
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JaccoCommented:
Me too... Maybe we can ask IntrBase Corp for a solution...
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