Packing Paradox TTables in D3 Standard

How do I pack and regenerate indexes on Paradox tables using Delphi 3 Standard edition. I know it can be done in Database Desktop but how do I achieve it at runtime.
I can't find any reference to it in the help files.

I'm probably missing something really simple but I'm tearing my hair out here.

Please help me people !!
elkiorsAsked:
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ronit051397Commented:
From Borland Documenatation:
http://www.inprise.com/devsupport/bde/bdeapiex/dbidorestructure.html

Example 2: Pack a Paradox or dBASE table.

           This example will pack a Paradox or dBASE table therfore removing already deleted rows in a table.
           This function will also regenerate all out-of-date indexes (maintained indexes).
           This example uses the following input:
           PackTable(Table1)
           The function is defined as follows:

           // Pack a Paradox or dBASE table
           // The table must be opened execlusively before calling this function...
           procedure PackTable(Table: TTable);
           var
             Props: CURProps;
             hDb: hDBIDb;
             TableDesc: CRTblDesc;

           begin
             // Make sure the table is open exclusively so we can get the db handle...
             if Table.Active = False then
               raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened to pack');
             if Table.Exclusive = False then
               raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened exclusively to pack');

             // Get the table properties to determine table type...
             Check(DbiGetCursorProps(Table.Handle, Props));

             // If the table is a Paradox table, you must call DbiDoRestructure...
             if Props.szTableType = szPARADOX then
             begin
               // Blank out the structure...
               FillChar(TableDesc, sizeof(TableDesc), 0);
               //  Get the database handle from the table's cursor handle...
               Check(DbiGetObjFromObj(hDBIObj(Table.Handle), objDATABASE, hDBIObj(hDb)));
               // Put the table name in the table descriptor...
               StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblName, Table.TableName);
               // Put the table type in the table descriptor...
               StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblType, Props.szTableType);
               // Set the Pack option in the table descriptor to TRUE...
               TableDesc.bPack := True;
               // Close the table so the restructure can complete...
               Table.Close;
               // Call DbiDoRestructure...
               Check(DbiDoRestructure(hDb, 1, @TableDesc, nil, nil, nil, FALSE));
             end
             else
               // If the table is a dBASE table, simply call DbiPackTable...
               if Props.szTableType = szDBASE then
                 Check(DbiPackTable(Table.DBHandle, Table.Handle, nil, szDBASE, TRUE))
               else
                 // Pack only works on PAradox or dBASE; nothing else...
                 raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be either of Paradox or dBASE ' +
                          'type to pack');

             Table.Open;
           end;
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elkiorsAuthor Commented:
Please bear with me while I check out your answer, I'm a little pushed for time for checking it out. Give me a couple of days and I'll Accept or Reject.
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ronit051397Commented:
OK, if you have problems then before the first Check(...
write:                                Check(dbiInit(Nil)); //initializing the BDE
and on the end write:       DbiExit;               //freening resources
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elkiorsAuthor Commented:
Ronit:

I'm sorry but I can't get this to compile, if you could make this a stand alone unit that I can just add to my projects it would be great.

At the moment it seems to be stopping on var types declared at the front of the PackTable procedure, I've tried to do a search for them in the help files so that I can trace the standard units requirements but no luck so far. Unfortunately, I'm still a novice, so the really low-level stuff like this is a bit beyond me.

I've upped the points as much as I can to help you consider the extra bit of effort needed on your part

thanx in advance for all your help

regards

elkiors



unit dbPack;

interface

procedure PackTable(Table: TTable);

implementation

// This example will pack a Paradox or dBASE table therfore removing already deleted rows in a table.
// This function will also regenerate all out-of-date indexes (maintained indexes).
// This example uses the following input:
// PackTable(Table1)
// The function is defined as follows:

// Pack a Paradox or dBASE table
// The table must be opened execlusively before calling this function...
procedure PackTable(Table: TTable);
var
  Props: CURProps;
  hDb: hDBIDb;
  TableDesc: CRTblDesc;

begin
  // Make sure the table is open exclusively so we can get the db handle...
  if Table.Active = False then raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened to pack');
  if Table.Exclusive = False then raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened exclusively to pack');

  // Get the table properties to determine table type...
  Check(DbiGetCursorProps(Table.Handle, Props));

  // If the table is a Paradox table, you must call DbiDoRestructure...
  if Props.szTableType = szPARADOX then
  begin
    // Blank out the structure...
    FillChar(TableDesc, sizeof(TableDesc), 0);
    //  Get the database handle from the table's cursor handle...
    Check(DbiGetObjFromObj(hDBIObj(Table.Handle), objDATABASE, hDBIObj(hDb)));
    // Put the table name in the table descriptor...
    StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblName, Table.TableName);
    // Put the table type in the table descriptor...
    StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblType, Props.szTableType);
    // Set the Pack option in the table descriptor to TRUE...
    TableDesc.bPack := True;
    // Close the table so the restructure can complete...
    Table.Close;
    // Call DbiDoRestructure...
    Check(DbiDoRestructure(hDb, 1, @TableDesc, nil, nil, nil, FALSE));
  end
  else
    // If the table is a dBASE table, simply call DbiPackTable...
    if Props.szTableType = szDBASE then
      Check(DbiPackTable(Table.DBHandle, Table.Handle, nil, szDBASE, TRUE))
    else
      // Pack only works on PAradox or dBASE; nothing else...
      raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be either of Paradox or dBASE ' + 'type to pack');
        Table.Open;
end;

end.

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ronit051397Commented:
Did you add to the uses --->BDE, DBTables,DB?
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elkiorsAuthor Commented:
thanx ronit, just what i need
the final compilable unit is listed below so anyone else can use it without any need to modify it further.


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unit dbPack;

interface

uses BDE, DBTables, DB, sysutils;

procedure PackTable(Table: TTable);

implementation

// This example will pack a Paradox or dBASE table therfore removing already deleted rows in a table.
// This function will also regenerate all out-of-date indexes (maintained indexes).
// This example uses the following input:
// PackTable(Table1)
// The function is defined as follows:

// Pack a Paradox or dBASE table
// The table must be opened execlusively before calling this function...
procedure PackTable(Table: TTable);
var
  Props: CURProps;
  hDb: hDBIDb;
  TableDesc: CRTblDesc;

begin
  // Make sure the table is open exclusively so we can get the db handle...
  if Table.Active = False then raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened to pack');
  if Table.Exclusive = False then raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened exclusively to pack');

  // Get the table properties to determine table type...
  Check(DbiGetCursorProps(Table.Handle, Props));

  // If the table is a Paradox table, you must call DbiDoRestructure...
  if Props.szTableType = szPARADOX then
  begin
    // Blank out the structure...
    FillChar(TableDesc, sizeof(TableDesc), 0);
    //  Get the database handle from the table's cursor handle...
    Check(DbiGetObjFromObj(hDBIObj(Table.Handle), objDATABASE, hDBIObj(hDb)));
    // Put the table name in the table descriptor...
    StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblName, Table.TableName);
    // Put the table type in the table descriptor...
    StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblType, Props.szTableType);
    // Set the Pack option in the table descriptor to TRUE...
    TableDesc.bPack := True;
    // Close the table so the restructure can complete...
    Table.Close;
    // Call DbiDoRestructure...
    Check(DbiDoRestructure(hDb, 1, @TableDesc, nil, nil, nil, FALSE));
  end
  else
    // If the table is a dBASE table, simply call DbiPackTable...
    if Props.szTableType = szDBASE then
      Check(DbiPackTable(Table.DBHandle, Table.Handle, nil, szDBASE, TRUE))
    else
      // Pack only works on PAradox or dBASE; nothing else...
      raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be either of Paradox or dBASE ' + 'type to pack');
        Table.Open;
end;

end.
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thanks once again,

enjoy the points,

c u on another thread.

elkiors (Darren)

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