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BDE Initialization error

Hi,

During the install process of a Delphi program, I receive the following message:
SEVERE
Merging The Configuration File Has failed
Config File: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE\IDAPI.CNF

and then:

Failed in Adding Alias
The error Number is 3, Initalization failed

This is an XP SP2, fully patched.

Any idea what may be missing ??

Thanks in advance,

Ernie25
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rfwoolfCommented:
Hmm...

IDAPI.CNF is the BDE configueration file. It holds all the settings for the BDE to run.
With my BDE (version 5.1 I think) the file is IDAPI32.CNF, and even without it the BDE still opens using 'default settings'.
So my first suspicion is that the BDE being installed is an older version, possibly a version that doesn't bode well with XP.

With regards to adding an alias, the BDE obviously has to be initialised.

So you have a couple of options, depending on whether you're the developer or the client or what.

You could download a newer version of the BDE and install it and rerun the application - you could ask their support team on what alias you can add manually, etc

Hope this helps
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diniludCommented:
Which type of user account type?
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diniludCommented:
is this file (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE\IDAPI.CNF) accecable?
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moorhouselondonCommented:
Are you trying to deploy a Delphi app on a target pc?  What program are you using to perform this deployment?  Have you tried adding the alias from within your program?  Have you tried manually adding the alias using BDE Admin?

Try to run the install with your firewall off.  
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sun4sundayCommented:
Turn Off Windows firewall and try to install. It will solve the problem
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moorhouselondonCommented:
sun4sunday:

Try to read the preceding comments before posting
;-)
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rfwoolfCommented:
Since we're not clear on the problem or even its cause, turning off the Windows Firewall (and all other firewalls for that matter) is worth a shot, I think.
It seems the author of this question is neglecting it - I'm still interested to see if this has been resolved or not.
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ERNIE25Author Commented:
Hi,

I tried with the firewall turned off, and the error is still there. Even tried in safe mode. Nothing.

I'm the client trying to install a soft that was delivered by the developer, but the problem is that it runs ok on certains PC's.
I'm afraid that something related to Installshield must be present before starting the install.

I took the program home and it worked !!! (XP SP2, but with several other apps installed)
It won't run on a fresh install

Thanks to all
ernei25
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ERNIE25Author Commented:
Hi,

I had to add a path: c:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE\ for it to
work.....



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rfwoolfCommented:
thanks for letting us all know
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sun4sundayCommented:
@moorhouselondon: There can be different firewalls in the system. Once this kind of issue raised for me and solved after turning off the WINDOWS FIREWALL. So I specifically pointed out and I dont think nothing wrong in that. Also I respect your comments about firewalls.

Cheers.
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moorhouselondonCommented:
No worries s4s, I found it rather amusing.

I don't like what I have seen of InstallShield, but it looks like Ernie has no say in what is used to deploy the program.
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