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    Default DataFlex 3.1C (Antiquity) Question - how to reindex

    Hi,
    I am in contact with a senior citizen who is running 3.1C (prefers to stay that way) and needs to reindex.

    I see that his license is a 1 user development. It's a one person company.

    When I try to run any system utility DFSORT DFFILE DFMAINT the program aborts with no error message immediately.

    I don't remember how to fix this - is there anyone who still remembers what to do please?
    PD
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    Default Re: DataFlex 3.1C (Antiquity) Question - how to reindex

    Hi Peter -

    IIRC - they are all 16 bit exes - so they won't run on modern windows. You'll need a VM or DOSBox. https://www.dosbox.com/
    Garret

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    Seem to remember it was called dfindex if that helps (however Garret is right about the 16-bit thing).

    Mike

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    Mike,

    Garret and you are incorrect about the 16 bit. The tools are 32 bit but using a DOS memory extender and that won't work since Windows Vista.

    User needs VDOS or DOSBOX.
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    Ah! Thanks Vincent. Hazy memory of times past. I've worked on 3.x systems more recently on Unix/Linux, but in DOS we are talking a seriously long time ago (~30 years)!

    Mike

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    OK - so wrong on 16 but correct on a VM. End result is the same, no?
    Garret

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    Default Re: DataFlex 3.1C (Antiquity) Question - how to reindex

    Copy ALL his files onto your laptop.
    Reindex in 19.1
    Copy all the files back.

    Easiest way to do without making senior citizens jump through hoops.
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    Careful there Mr. Greybeard...
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    Michael, Peter,

    One note: Make sure both environments use the same df_collate.cfg contents...
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    Hi Vincent, thanks: good suggestion.
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