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Access 2000 database file intermittantly changes to "read only"

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Microsoft Access database intermittenly reports that the database file is "Read Only" on opening. Ths issue seems to occur randomly even when the user is an administrator, and the administrator is the only user with the file open.  The database is used by about 20 users. The error is not a locked file error, it's a read only error. Checking the attributes in the properties window of the file does not indicate that the file is read only. It usually happens around 3-4pm in the afternoon, 3 times a week. Will post the error code when I see it again.
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 Many of the odd problems like this are security related.  Check that *all* users have full read, write, and delete priv for the dir where the database resides.
  Second is that someone is not starting from a short cut and using a command line switch.
  Last, in the case of read-only, make sure that someone is not copying the DB to/from a CD or DVD or some other read only device.
JimD.
 
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I checked the directory and the security is wide open. All users are launching the database via a shortcut on their desktop created by dragging the database icon from their drive share to the file location and doing a "create shortcut here". The directory is a child directory of a share on a Windows 2003 server. I have checked the parent directories permissions/security as well. The Access database does have linked tables with a Microsoft SQL 2005 database if that makes a difference. I have checked the permissions in SQL and tested the ODBC link for problems. Some users have the database loaded locally. This just started about a week ago, but this system has been up and running for over a year.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 250 total points
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<<Will post the error code when I see it again. >>
  When this happens, take the user in question and try creating a file in the directory with something like Notepad.  If you can do it, great.  If not, then the problem is security related.
JimD.
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