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I have been told that one of the requirements for a 16bit program that I am running under Windows 95 is to set in the config.sys 'Files=125'. I have never seen a requirement to set this figure so high!

What does this mean? What does this tell me about the way the program is written and how it accesses data?

Is this likely to have any undesirable side effects under Windows 95?
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rykus earned 210 total points
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This Line just tells the system how many files it is allowed to have open at any one given time. Mind you that this is every file that a program may have to open in order to run. Also yes it could have a undesireable effect on your system. It could cause you to have some memory problems depending on the amount of memory you have in your system.
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by:nwaltham
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Is this placing a limit on the number of file handles that 16bit programs can have open or is this number for 32bit programs as well. Under Windows 95, you don't need to have a config.sys at all - so presumably not every kind of program opens files in this way?
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by:rykus
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This line is an old dos/windows 3 line. It has no effect on your 32 bit windows applications that I am aware of. but for 16 bit software it is a limit yes. I am kinda curious as to what type of software needs files set to 125.
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by:wouterw
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Curious?? OK.. some examples:

(all dutch software)

Exact  -->    files=120 minimum
Grote Beer --> files=150 minimum
Upgrade --> files=50 minimum

Think about what would happen if you would want to start two of these programs at the same time.

All of the PC's at my work (about 200) need to be able to start 2 of these applications at the same time. in the config.sys of all of these PC's we have specified FILES=225

you thought 125 was a lot??
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by:rykus
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I am not familiar with those programs. But most programs for win 3.11 do not need that many open files. Anyways....hopefully I have helped you.....but if you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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by:nwaltham
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Hello,
 THanks for your answer. The program we are having difficulties with is AccPac 2.0, it uses Btrieve which I think may be guzzling file handles.

Thanks again
Nicholas Waltham

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