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info on .FIL files on novell netware

I have a legacy cobol application running on novell netware.  Suddenly, in one of the folders, only  Vr*.*.fil files are visible .

what is this and how to recover original files from this
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What application are you running?  Knowing this might make it easier to make some guesses.  

Many older NetWare and COBOL applications used the Btrieve file format for data storage.  From the console, you can try this command:
    LOAD BUTIL -STAT volume:directory\filename.ext
(Be sure to provide the right volume name, directory name, and file name.)  If this command spits out valid statistics about the file, then it is a Btrieve file.  

If the above doesn't work for some odd reason, you can instead open the files in a Hex Viewer.  If the first two bytes are 0x46 0x43 ("FC" in ASCII) or if the first 4 bytes are 0x00, then it is possible that the files are in the Btrieve format.

While re-reading your inquiry, I am a bit unclear as to what you are meaning.  Do you want to access the FIL files?  Or did a bunch of files disappear?  If someone actually deleted your database files, then you can try using the SALVAGE command to retrieve the files.  Unless the subdirectories were marked PurgeImmediate, the deleted files should hang around for a few days (or until the OS needs the disk space).
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