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RunTime Error Displayed in mdb but not mde database

Posted on 2011-02-21
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I've compiled my Front.mdb database so the users run Front.mde.  One report uses a filepath in a field to print a .jpg picture.  If the user has keyed in an invalid path (usually a typo, like an extra space), the error message isn't displayed in the .mde database, but if I copy the data and run it against my .mdb database a nice runtime error is displayed including the invalid path.  My question is, why doesn't the same runtime error appear for the end user running the .mde version.  The live system just fails, no error, no report.
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You need to have specific error trapping wherein you are trapping 'expected' and unexpected errors and displaying appropriate 'friendly' error messages.  Otherwise, you will experience the issue that is occurring in your MDE version ... just shuts down.

So ... you need to add error trapping ...

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform) earned 500 total points
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In case you need them, here are some good links on the subject:


Runtime Error Handling
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb256425.aspx 

Good white paper on error handling
http://www.fmsinc.com/tpapers/vbacode/Debug.asp   

more on error handling
http://allenbrowne.com/ser-23a.html 

Global error handler
http://www.everythingaccess.com/vbwatchdog.htm      

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Hey thanks, a response within 5 minutes.  I'll check out your links, but sounds like exactly what I need.
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You are welcome ...

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