How to know GBak completed successfully

Posted on 2003-03-23
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Last Modified: 2010-04-04
My program will calling the GBak.exe to Restore a Gbk database, is there anywhere to know that the Restore process was completed successfuly ??

I need to restore a huge database, and it may take a few hours to complete the process, anuwhere to know whether the Gbak.exe is hang(stop responding) or still in the process ??


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BLayman earned 252 total points
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What version of IB just out of curiosity?

There's no good way to check against GBak itself since it spends most of its time waiting on IB_Server.

And hung is the same as REALLLY REEAALLLY REALLLY slow.  

I've used several manual methods that can be automated.  First I check the CPU usage.  However sometimes it is down incredibly low and it is still working.  So I primarily rely on the size of the GDB file.  If it has grown in the space of an hour, I let it go.  If not, I consider it hung.  

Programatically, you can check the file to the byte level every 15 minutes.  If it hasn't grown, the program is hung.

Inelegant, I know.
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esoftbg earned 248 total points
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If you use InterBase 6.0 or later it is possible to use component TIBBackupService (TIBRestoreService) to build Backup (Restore) process in your application /not to call it as external process/.
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When you build your Restore (Backup) process into your application using the construction:

function  RestoreDB: Boolean;
  B:      Boolean;
  B := True;
      // Here is code for Restoring DataBase...
      B := False;
    Result := B;

This function will return True when the process completes successful or will return False if it fails at runtime.

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Not to be a point hog but esoftbg's answer does not address the question at all since the question is "when gbak has not yet returned control to the main program how do I tell if it is still really doing something?"  and esoftbg's suggestion assumes that it has returned control  to the main program.  
GBak is unfortunately a seperate SLOWWW running process.  In addition, it would not raise an exception upon failure as it would be an external execution.   So, as I said, it does not address the main question at all...
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My comments give good way to watch closely backup / restore process of a InterBase / FireBird database using TIBBackupService (TIBRestoreService) components in DELPHI application /not to call it as external process/.
I know that the question is about an external process, but I try to help suggesting POSSIBLE INTERNAL WAY TO ACHIEVE DESIRED EFFECT. I have realised that ibn my applications and it works fine ....

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I'm sorry, I didn't notice your 3/28/03 comment mentioning TIBBackupService.  I should have reread this thread more closely.  I thought your only post was a try/except example which, on its own, is too generic to be of any assistance.  Since the questioner did not state their IB version, your suggestion is quite possbily appropriate.

I withdraw my earlier statement.  Please, split the points.

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