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Exporting data to text files

Exporting data to text files

Exporting data to text files

Hello folks.

I have the following code:

EXTERNAL FILE 'ext_r0000048_1.txt'

What this does, of course, is create a text file in the <interbase home>/ext directory. Problem is I often need to drop the table that is based on an external file (since I just use them intermittently for exports and imports), so I do that. No problem there. However, the file itself on the disk is locked somehow. I can't modify it, rename it or delete it. I tried the dropping the table thing, thinking this would disconnect the file from Interbase. I also tried shutting down IBConsole.
The only thing I haven't tried is shutting down the database and/or server.
Do you have any suggestion?
Thank you for your help.

RE: Exporting data to text files

No, the file stays locked until the IBServer process shuts down... Pitty, but true.

Martijn Tonies
Database Workbench - the developer tool for InterBase, Firebird, MySQL & MS SQL Server

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