Compacting a BE with password protection

Hankwembo Christopher,FCCA,FZICA,CIA,MAAT,B.A.Sc
Hankwembo Christopher,FCCA,FZICA,CIA,MAAT,B.A.Sc used Ask the Experts™
Instead of running the  code below on run prompt to compile the BE , is there no way we can run it from a form either when opening a start up form? We are given a facility to compact the FE on close .

msaccess.exe /pwd yourpassword /compact "C:\Users\chris.hankwembo\Desktop\HqInfor Premier_Mu.accdb"

I may be wrong but the code above appear to be opening my BE even if it is encrypted and password protected, if I'm right, is there a way to help user run this code at start up form?

A sketch will be highly appreciated.


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I believe the syntax is:

msaccess.exe databasefile /pwd yourpassword /compact


msaccess.exe sourcedatabasefile /pwd yourpassword /compact targetdatabasefile

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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and Programming
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hi Hankwembo,

alternately, you can use the DBEngine.CompactDatabase method:
DBEngine.CompactDatabase( SrcName:=sPathFileSource
	, DstName:=sPathFileDestination
	, DstLocale:=";pwd=MyPassword"

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This link explains the parameters:

> "We are given a facility to compact the FE on close"

that may not be a good idea ... depending what is being done. It is good to compact/repair just after a file is backed up*, not after development or data entry has been done and the file is not backed up yet because compact/repair can be a volatile process.  Front-ends shouldn't really need to be backed up anyway since they can just be redistributed. So, if this is the case, and you are just housekeeping, then compact on close should be ok for the front-end.

*For this reason, I would suggest compact/repair to a separate file for the back-end.

have an awesome day,

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