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I have a VB6 app that from titme to time tries to read an AutoCAD drawing to check that the name is the same. However if AutoCAD is busy, I get an error generated by either AutoCAD or windows asking me to cancel or try again. This doesn't always work but in any case interrupts what I am doing in AutoCAD. Error trapping in VB6 doesn't seem to work. How can I test if AutoCAD is busy before trying to read drawing.
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Have it attempt to rename the drawing and that should only succeed if the drawing file is idle.

Also, AutoCAD creates a working file with the same base name as the drawing while it's active. This is a good indicator that the primary .DWG is in use. I think it's called *.DWK but don't bet the farm on it.

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Renaming is simple and it works. Thanks.
AutoCAD uses .dwk extensions to signify lock files which can be disabled by the user.
Actually the elegant way (someone else gave me) is to error trap the call using
app.OleServerBusyRaiseError = True
app.OleServerBusyTimeout = 100

thanks anyway and welcome to the points
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Further comment:
Renaming only tests if AutoCAD has loaded the drawing, not whether AutoCAD is busy or not.
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