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NDX files with Clipper

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In our application, we are using Clipper's default NTX files. However, some databases must be published now with MS-Access. If I link these tables, I can't use the NTX index files, since MS-Access is not supporting that.
In Clipper I could use the VIA "DBF" option behind the USE command, however, this results in a "Operation not supported" error message. So, what do I need to do to create NDX files in my Clipper program. (Note : The RDDSETDEAFULT() function is not an option because this applies to all the databases)

Thanks in advance
Rene
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by:pcwhip
ID: 1026077
Do you need to actually create the NDX files in clipper or just access them? Linking in the DBFNDX.LIB should allow you to use an NDX index in clipper....
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eefraire earned 50 total points
ID: 1026078
// An example of how to create and open both ntx and ndx files.
//
// To compile and link:
// clipper TNdx /w /n
// blinker blinker incremental off file TNdx lib clipper, dbfndx
//
// The program will create and open the following files:
// FILE1    DBF            67
// INDEX1   NTX         2,048
// FILE2    DBF            67
// INDEX2   NDX         1,024
// FILE3    DBF            67
// INDEX3   NTX         2,048

procedure main()
      request dbfndx

      zmake("dbfntx", "file1.dbf", "index1.ntx")
      zmake("dbfndx", "file2.dbf", "index2.ndx")
      zmake("dbfntx", "file3.dbf", "index3.ntx")

      zopen("dbfntx", "file1.dbf", "index1.ntx")
      zopen("dbfndx", "file2.dbf", "index2.ndx")
      zopen("dbfntx", "file3.dbf", "index3.ntx")
return

procedure zmake(driver, f, i)
      local s := {{"onefield", "c", 1, 0}}
      field onefield
      dbcreate(f, s, driver)
      use (f) via (driver)
      index on onefield to (i)
      close
return

procedure zopen(driver, f, i)
      local mess

      use (f) via driver
      set index to (i)

      mess := padr("  File: " + f, 20) + ";"
      mess += padr(" Index: " + i, 20) + ";"
      mess += padr("   Key: " + indexkey(0), 20) + ";"
      mess += padr("Driver: " + driver, 20)
      close

      alert(mess)
return

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by:nlnfmrvr
ID: 1026079
To both eefraire and pcwhip

Pcwhip answered my question already yesterday, but I was not able to answer after testing his proposal. The clue was linking DBFNDX.LIB

Also eefraire raised this in his/her answer. So you both find the solution for me, but sorry for Pcwhip, I don't know why I can't give you points.

Regards,
Rene

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