ms access link to dbase file while dbase is open

MS Access 2k10 would like to link to a dbf/dbt file for input into an access app, while the dbf/dbt is open to another dbase app.
I get an error that someone else has file open. If I copy the dbf/dbt to another folder and import to access all is well
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That is the expected behavior. If multiple people could edit a dbase file simultaneously, the data would get corrupted. If you want shared simultaneous access to the database, you will have to use dbase as the front end or upgrade to a modern rdbms like sql server or mysql which can handle multiple concurrent users.

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jsgouldAuthor Commented:
This is a read-only situation, there is no updating going on. I believe there is a way to do this, just don't know how.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Read only is irrelevant.
The issue may be that multiple users cannot "access" the file.
Other options:

1. If this is for Read Only, ...then why not do this when no one else is in the DBase file?

2. What version of Access are you using?
Remember that MS has dropped support for dbase files in 2013, ...(Linking directly)
However you may still be able to create a DSN:
External Data-->ODBC-->Link-->New...

3. Do you really still need dbase functionality?
You could convert/save your DBF files to the Excel format, and then Import the Excel sheets to Access, ...and then leave them in Access...

Lets see what other Experts may post...

jsgouldAuthor Commented:
turns out action queries cause the issue, others are fine.
Thanks for the response
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