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Can not Shrink Log File.  I am getting The file either does not exist, or was dropped.

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I am trying to shrink a Log File but ever time I run DBCC SHRINKFILE i get this error.

"Could not locate file 'GPSOPERALog' for database 'PLAY' in sys.database_files. The file either does not exist, or was dropped. "

I have ran sp_helpfile to confirm the logical name of the file and everything is correct.  I have also check the properties to make sure of the location of the file and it is there.  I have even tried to move the file but I get an error telling me the file is in use.

I did notice that I there are two databases on this server that have different log file names but the Logical name for both log files are the same.

What do I need to do to shrink this file.  Here is how I have the code written to do this.

DBCC SHRINKFILE(GPSTWOLog, 100)

Thanks,

Gabicusc

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by:chapmandew
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have you ran this?

restore filelistonly from disk = 'c:\backup.bak'

the name field will give you the name of your log file.
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by:chapmandew
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whoa....that last comment was totally off..

try this:

select * from sys.database_files
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by:GabicusC
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I ran the select statement and this is what I get.



database-files-results.xls
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by:chapmandew
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OK, try this then:

DBCC SHRINKFILE(GPSOPERALog, 100)
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by:GabicusC
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chapmandew,

Thanks.  That is what I have been trying and I am still getting the same error.  I can not figure out why it does not see the file.

Gabicus
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by:chapmandew
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are you running it in the correct database?
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by:GabicusC
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Yes.  I wish it was that easy.  I have just for kicks tried and run it on the other databases on the server.  The issue that I am having is that my C drive has 0 space on it right now.  The last time the trans file was written to was back in August.  I am wondering if that could be the issue.  But I can not even touch this file and try and move it.
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by:chapmandew
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I would say that is definetly an issue.  Are there any old backups on that drive that you can move off or delete?
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by:GabicusC
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no.  I am not finding any old Back ups that I can move to free up some room. I believe that this Data base is a test Database.   Not sure.  If it is. I am thinking the best way to do this is to detach the database then move the log file and re-attach the database and rename the logical name for the log files.

Do you think that there might be an easier way to do this?
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No....I was just getting ready to suggest you detach and reattach it elsewhere...I think it is your best option at this point.
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by:GabicusC
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chapmandew,


Thanks for all your help,  we are working on it right now.

Gabicus
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