Compacting Access Databases - Progress?

I can compact an Access database in my application by doing the following:

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Var
   Dao, DB1, DB2: Variant;
Begin
     Try
        Dao := CreateOLEObject('DAO.DBEngine.35');
        DB1 := sAppDir+'Database\Carval.mdb';
        DB2 := sAppDir+'Database\Compact.mdb';
        Dao.CompactDatabase(DB1,DB2);
     Finally
        Dao := unassigned;
     End;

     // Now delete the old table and rename the compacted table with the old name.
     DeleteFile(DB1);
     RenameFile(DB2,DB1);

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This works. No problems there.

However, I would like to display some form of progress bar, just like when you select "Compact Database" in Access itself. How can I measure the progress of this function as it works and the max value for the bar?
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chrismoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There's not a way to do this - this information is not exposed by the Jet.
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jswebyAuthor Commented:
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jswebyAuthor Commented:
OK, fair enough, but there must be some way I can make the user think the progress bar is accurate. If you compact databases in Access the progress bar seems accurate enough, so what is a good way of doing this?

Cheat by all means. :-) Whatever it takes to make the bar LOOK like it is correct even if it just making it up.
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chrismoCommented:
My guess is, the Access GUI has a special 'in' that we, the developer, don't have.

One thing you could try to investigate = monitor the size of the output file during compression = although I'm not sure if Access creates the final output file as it compacts or only at the end.

The difficulty would be in knowing what the final size of the file is - so it'd be difficult to display a status bar type display. It would be more accurate to display # of bytes processed, or something like that. Or guesstimate the percentage of the original size the compacted database will be.
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jswebyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that.

I'm pretty sure that the output file is built up during compression and not just at the end so I could, as you say, monitor that and try and guess the final size it will be.

Cheers.
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